A major setback sent local developer David Klass and his partners back to the drawing board on plans for their “fast casual” eatery and downtown beer garden near Fifth Third Field.
But Klass says plans for the business, Biergarten, are back on track with a completely new and modern design more inline with the city's design criteria.
Construction for the restaurant to be located at the corner of First Street and Patterson Boulevard on the Fifth Third Plaza is set to begin this fall. The 300-person capacity building would open in spring 2016.
The land for the project is owned by the city of Dayton, but under a purchase option agreement with the Water Street Project, an ongoing development in the ballpark area.
“We are moving forward as part of the Water Street Project,” Klass said.
Klass and his partners — Dan Apolito of Archer’s Tavern and Stone House Tavern and accountant David Brixey of Brixey and Meyer included — showed renderings of a traditional looking German-style "biergarten" in December.
Architecture guidelines later discovered by the city for Webster Station, a historic district between Fifth Third Field and the Oregon District — meant those plans had to be scrapped.
Instead the Biergarten designed by Brian Weaver of Alt Architecture will be housed in a building constructed to resemble a 1900s industrial building and the Lincoln Storage Building to the east.
Klass says the city has granted preliminary approval for the new building, which has a modern design with gray blocks and an upper deck.
The plan will be formally submitted to the city in the coming weeks.
The design will be tweaked and developers will work with Siebenthaler's on landscaping to soften the exterior, Klass said.
Biergarten will feature beer from Brauhaus Riegele, a 638-year-old family-owned brewery from Dayton’s sister city of Augsburg, Germany.
Like this writer, Klass is a member of the Dayton Sister City Committee.
It will have beer from local breweries — Warped Wing, Fifth Street Brewpub, Dayton Beer Company, Toxic Brew, etc. — on tap.
“It will be Riegele and Dayton beer only on tap,” Klass said.
Once open, Biergarten will join city’s fastest growing, beer-infused entertainment district.
Some say it — and not the Oregon District — is the leading candidate for the city designated district that would allow open alcohol containers.