An upcoming addition to High Street might get the South Campus Gateway buzzing again.
The new World of Beer — “an open air beer garden” offering more than 500 craft selections in bottles, a draft menu and tavern fare — is slated to take residence in the South Campus Gateway in March, according to a news release from World of Beer Franchising Inc. and New Tap Gateway LLC. The 4,113-square-foot location with patio will be the third World of Beer location in Columbus, with others located in the Brewery District and Easton Town Center.
The tavern’s announcement comes roughly a year after a string of closings within the South Campus Gateway. The Gateway is a subtenant of Campus Partners, which is a private, nonprofit corporation that works on community planning in the campus area alongside OSU and the city of Columbus.
Kildare’s Irish Pub closed its location at 1576 N. High St. during the summer of 2013; Charlie Bear: Land of Dance announced its relocation from 1562 N. High St. in late October; and Finish Line closed its location at 1624 N. High Street in January. Gooeyz owners Lanne and Dave Bennett — who closed their grilled cheese-concept restaurant at 1554 N. High St. in November and moved to Woodland’s Backyard at 668 Grandview Ave. — told The Lantern in March that deficiencies with their space in the Gateway, discord with management and dissipating foot traffic in the area led to their decision to leave.
Since February, a few new tenants have moved in — The Oxley Tavern and Grillery and apparel-store Devoted.
Mark Pottschmidt of New Tap Gateway said he thinks World of Beer will add to the environment.
“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for (World of Beer) but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” Pottschmidt said in a released statement.
World of Beer Franchising and New Tap Gateway signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a deal expected to close within 30 days, according to the release.
Correction: A previous version of this brief incorrectly called a new tenant of the South Campus Gateway “Oxley’s Tavern and Grillery.” In fact, it is The Oxley Tavern and Grillery.