In pre-COVID-19 times, the 6,100-square-foot bar employed up to 60 people and seated close to 200, including a mezzanine that could hold 40 to 50 for private events, Fitzgerald said.
Bar 145′s neighbor in Austin Landing, Bar Louie, opened in mid-2016 in a similar-sized space near Austin Landing’s 12-screen cinema multi-plex. But it too has shut down, declaring bankruptcy in January 2020, prior to the coronavirus pandemic’s full impact.
At the time, Austin Landing’s then-owners said the addition of Bar Louie and Bar 145 would enhance the nightlife aspect of the mixed-use retail development, which had several restaurants and shops that closed by midnight, while Bar Louie and Bar 145 would stay open after midnight. Now, however, bars and restaurants are prohibited by state health officials and Gov. Mike DeWine from serving alcohol past 10 p.m.