The owners of Mudlick Tap House are hard at work on what will become the restaurant and beer pub’s second location in the former Club Aquarius space at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton.
“This place is cool, and it’s going to be VERY cool when we’re done with it,” said Forrest Williams, co-founder of Mudlick along with Jennifer Dean. The two also own Mudlick Tap House in Germantown.
Renovations are underway, and plans call for an opening next spring, Dean and Williams said.
Dean showed us around the building, pointing out the locations of the bar, kitchen and dining-room seating, along with second-floor space that can be utilized for private dining and special events. Mudlick Tap House’s downtown Dayton location initially will occupy the first two floors of the three-story building, each floor containing about 4,500 square feet and an occupancy of about 100, Dean said.
Plans call for a restaurant that will stay open later than most. It will offer a broad menu, all dishes made from scratch, ranging from sandwiches to entrees. The tap house will have about a dozen beer taps, all devoted to craft beers, and will serve cocktails and wine as well.
Dean is the co-owner of the AleFest event, the outdoor beer festival held every summer in downtown Dayton, as well as the AleFeast event held in the winter in Dayton.
The Mudlick owners had applied for a liquor license to build a restaurant and tap room from the ground up on a vacant plot of land in Springboro, but Dean said she and Williams realized the Dayton plans are a better fit for Mudlick’s concept.
“We’re both big fans of downtown Dayton,” Dean said.