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Taft's Brewing Company opening new Columbus, Ohio bar and restaurant

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Apr 09, 2019

CINCINNATI — CINCINNATI — Another Queen City craft brewery is expanding north with a new location.

Taft's Brewing Company announced on Tuesday plans to open a new bar and restaurant at 500 W. Broad St. in Columbus this November.

The future brewpub is part of a new $70-million, six-story development called Gravity in the Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton.

"We love that Franklinton is an up-and-coming area," said Taft’s Managing Partner David Kassling in a news release. "And we love the neighborhood’s arts culture, which really fits the roots of our brand. We think it’s going to be a homerun."

Taft's joins Fifty West Brewing Co., whose owners also recently announced plans to open their first location outside of Cincinnati in Chillicothe, Ohio by year's end. Chillicothe is about 50 miles south of Columbus.

Both Fifty West and Taft's started as brewpubs in Cincinnati before adding second locations to increase beer production.

Fifty West opened its original brewpub at 7668 Wooster Pike in Columbia Township in November 2012. The company then opened Fifty West Production Works at 7605 Wooster Pike in May 2016.

Taft's Ale House opened inside a former church at the corner of 15th and Race streets in Over-the-Rhine in April 2015. The company's 50,000-square-foot Taft's Brewpourium opened at 4831 Spring Grove Ave. in September 2017.

Taft's Columbus location will serve Taft's beer and the same New Haven-style pizza featured at Taft's Brewpourium taproom.

The new location will also have an outdoor patio, game room and stage for live performances. It will not produce beer onsite.