CINCINNATI - Starting April 1, Cincinnati Reds fans will have a new spot to raise a beer to their favorite team.
The Moerlein Lager House is enhancing its outdoor Hops Garden and will have the project finished in time for the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day. The outdoor area in front of the restaurant's northeast corner will feature a built-in service bar with beer taps.
"This is part of the original plan of the Moerlein Lager House, and we're finally getting around to doing it," said Greg Hardman, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. CEO and managing member of the restaurant. "We had always envisioned a beautiful outdoor area overlooking the stadium in the corner and giving people a view of the skyline."
The expanded Hops Garden will accommodate as many as 125 people and can be configured for additional banquet space for outdoor seating, said Mary Beth Weaver, the restaurant's marketing manager.
The Hops Garden will be open starting April 1 and will stay open throughout the year, weather permitting, she said. There won't be seating in the area, but there will be a big Opening Day party on the adjacent Schmidlapp Event Lawn. The Lager House and 96 Rock are sponsoring the event. The radio station will be broadcasting live and playing music, and the restaurant will be selling food and fresh beer, Weaver said. The Lager House will open at 9 a.m. that day, and the event on the lawn will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Moerlein Lager House opened in February 2012. It sits just across from Great American Ball Park and is adjacent to Smale Riverfront Park.
The Lager House sits just south of The Banks riverfront development, which expects to welcome several new tenants before Opening Day, too.
Yard House to open this weekend
The next Banks tenant scheduled to open is Yard House across from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Yard House will host two invitation-only parties Saturday and Sunday with sneak peeks for the public both nights after 8 p.m.
Yard House officially opens at 11 a.m. Sunday for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, according to a news release. The restaurant bills itself as "upscale casual" and features more than 125 craft ales and lagers.
The restaurant will present a check for $10,000 to the Freestore Foodbank as part of its ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, according to the release.