Look for Toledo-based Bar 145—a bar specializing in gourmet burgers, bourbon and live music—to open in Grandview over the coming days.
Owner Jeremy Fitzgerald says his chef-driven gastropub is filling a void in the suburb that has a lot of great restaurants, but nothing that offers both bar and nightlife. It’s a casual and fun in setting, but serious business in the kitchen, Fitzgerald explains. That’s why servers wear red Chuck Taylors, but all the burgers are served on white china. The name itself pays homage to the temperature at which a medium-rare burger is cooked: 145 degrees.
Like ordering off a sushi menu, diners can build their own burgers (choice of protein, bun, cheese, three toppings and two sauces) for $9. Or they can choose from a lengthy menu of salads, sandwiches and bar snacks like bone marrow, scotch eggs and charcuterie.
Behind the bar there are 40 beers and roughly 30 kinds of bourbon, with a cocktail list that favors the American whiskey. Live entertainment will keep the place hopping at night every Thursday through Saturday (expect a lot of cover bands). During the week, Fitzgerald hopes to offer live jazz and dueling pianos. “We try to mix it up to target multiple genres. I was trying to bring in that Put-in-Bay vibe but on a higher end,” he says.
Fitzgerald grew up in the business. His family owns restaurants in Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay. The idea for Bar 145 was inspired by this experience. He opened the first Bar 145 in Toledo in 2011. The second location, in Kent, opened this year. The Columbus iteration will be the biggest thus far at 5,400-square-feet with a 1,200-square-foot patio (including a bar that transitions from inside to out), and a mezzanine level with a private bar and space for 50.
Their Facebook page has the grand opening listed as Jan. 4, but Fitzgerald has hopes to get the doors open (especially in the evening) before then. He’s also planning a New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the opening.