Land-Grant settling in Franklinton
Land-Grant Brewing has finally found a home in Franklinton. The upstart brewery will move into an old, 12,000-square-foot machine garage at 424 W. Town St., which is just around the corner from Strongwater Food and Spirits and the 400 West Rich complex. Land-Grant creative director Walt Keys says the building was raised in the 1920s as an assembly space for elevators and newspaper equipment. It's a past life you can tell simply by looking at it-huge garage doors and large support pillars inside make it easy to imagine something massive was once built inside here.
Keys hopes to have the brewery and bar up and running by late summer, which means they'll be renovating all spring. The Town Street-side of the building, which was added in the 1980s, will serve as the taproom and patio. Keys says they want picnic furniture outside and a long bar with TVs inside.
Behind the bar, they'll tap four original brews: a Kolsch, a pale ale, a brown ale and an imperial IPA. They'll also sell local spirits, guest drafts and are considering food options.
Land-Grant is one of the latest businesses to announce an opening in Franklinton. Most notably, community workshop and creative collection Columbus Idea Foundry is moving its headquarters to the former Harley-Davidson dealership at 421 W. State St.-a move many see as the anchor project to bring the west side neighborhood around.
Land-Grant took a blow after losing a prospective spot in Grandview Heights last October, but Keys says they couldn't be more excited about moving into the Franklinton neighborhood. "During our initial search, we couldn't find a place that would work for what we wanted to do," he says. "But the [Idea] Foundry area is appealing to us. There's so much momentum and a lot of cool and exciting projects-just a strong entrepreneurial energy overall."