OXFORD, Ohio — A longtime microbrewery and restaurant near the campus of Miami University is closing.
The owners of Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub posted a Facebook message on Thursday stating they are shuttering their original location at 107 E. Church St. in Oxford and a second location at 103 Main St. in the city of Hamilton.
Quarter Barrel opened its Oxford location in October 2010. The Hamilton pub opened last January.
The Hamilton CORE Fund assisted Quarter Barrel's move into its second location by offering a long term lease-to-own for the equipment and downtown building it owns and renovated. The organization's mission is to buy and rehabilitate property with the intent of bringing new businesses to Hamilton's urban core.
"I'm no restaurateur," said Mike Dingeldein, CORE's executive director of Quarter Barrel's closing. "I just know how hard it is."
He confirmed that Quarter Barrel's owners posted a sign on the Hamilton pub's door on Thursday telling customers and staff that the location was permanently closed.
Dingeldein is optimistic that CORE will find a new tenant for the space soon since CORE owns the brewhouse it installed for Quarter Barrel, plus all of the restaurant's equipment.
"The upside is what core does is set up these buildings for Quarter Barrel to go in there," Dingeldein said. "We had a lot of calls from people already interested in the space. We have control of the site."
Quarter Barrel touted a farm-to-table food menu and 21 craft beers.
"I'm going to personally miss their food," Dingeldein said.
WCPO reached out to Quarter Barrel's owners seeking comment and will update this story when more information is available.