The new business in the works in the former Barnsider restaurant space in Harrison Twp. appears to have overcome a potential licensing obstacle created when its next-door neighbor, a church, filed an objection to its application for a liquor license.
The pub called “Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill” installed a sign in front of the business at 5202 N. Main St. earlier this month that the new pub was “coming in August,” would offer “over 60 beers on tap” and was “now hiring all positions.”
And last week, a hearing on an appeal to the granting of a liquor license for Sporty’s was canceled after representatives of Christ Kingdom Church, the pub’s neighbor that had filed the objection with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, failed to appear at a hearing scheduled in Columbus, according to a division of liquor control spokeswoman. Attempts to reach representatives of the church this week were unsuccessful.
The division’s superintendent, Jim Canepa, will have the final say on the granting of Sporty’s liquor license, but is likely to approve the application since no grounds for an appeal were presented — and the deadline for filing objections to the license has passed.
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The pub’s owners have been mum on their plans. A representative of Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill’s owners, responding via email earlier this week from the pub’s gmail account, said one of the pub’s owners would offer more details about Sporty’s in the coming weeks, perhaps in late July.
“We are not prepared to make any public statements at this time,” the pub’s representative said. “Things are still evolving.”
Harrison Twp. Administrator Kris McClintick said Tuesday, June 25 that the township has not yet received any applications for permits for Sporty’s. Township trustees had initially filed an appeal challenging the granting of Sporty’s liquor license, but later withdrew that appeal under the advice of legal counsel, according to township officials. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control confirmed the withdrawal.
The 8,200-square-foot restaurant and bar, on a one-acre tract, housed The Barnsider restaurant for more than four decades until that iconic restaurant shut down and was sold in May 2016. Liquid Sports Club operated in the space for eight months, from November 2016 to July 2017.
The property was put up for auction in February. Online property records suggest that Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill Inc. purchased the property for $193,710 last week.