Troll Pub Under the Bridge, a successful tavern in downtown Louisville, plans to open a 250-seat bar and restaurant in the vacant Weustoff and Getz Co. building at 210 Wayne Ave., part of the development effort to extend the Oregon District, the building’s new owner and the pub’s general manager said today.
“We are very close to signing a lease on the Dayton property,” said Ben Barker, general manager of Troll Pub Under the Bridge. Although Troll Pub has just the flagship location now, plans call for a broader expansion, Barker said.
“We’re growth-oriented,” Barker said. “We want this to be a nationwide brand with multiple units.”
The Louisville tavern is known for its extensive selection of bourbons and a food menu that Barker described as “pub grub, but made from scratch.”
The 6,500-square-foot Dayton pub is expected to employ 45, including salaried managers, Barker said. Although there are a lot of variables in the projected timeline, plans call for Dayton’s Troll Pub to open in the spring of 2017, Barker said.
City Properties Group, the Louisville-based developer that now owns the Weustoff and Getz Co. building, plans to convert it into about 40 loft-style apartments, with two or three commercial tenants on the ground floor. A spokeswoman for City Properties Group confirmed today that Troll Pub “will be a tenant in that facility.” Renovations to the building are scheduled to start in the next month or two, the spokeswoman said.
Bill Weyland, owner of City Properties Group, and Bob Means, owner of the Troll Pub, are good friends, Barker said. The two have collaborated on other business ventures, including the historic building that houses the Louisville Troll Pub location.
The developer is seeking to create Oregon East, which would enlarge the footprint of the Oregon Historic District beyond Wayne Avenue, Barry Alberts, managing partner with City Properties Group, said last week. The City Properties Group will spend between $8 million and $9 million on the renovation project, the company told city officials.
The city last week authorized transferring ownership of about eight acres, which includes the Weustoff and Getz building, the empty lot just east bordered by Walnut Street and the Garden Station property, to City Properties. The city also transferred a six-story commercial building at 15 McDonough St., which is the mostly vacant former Dayton Motor Car Co.