Cadillac Jack’s co-founder Billy Joe Deck who opened the Beavercreek Cadillac Jacks 11 years ago, said increased competition led him to renovate and re-brand the sports bar located east of North Fairfield Road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

 Cadillac Jacks morphs into ‘Caddy’s Tap House’

$250,000 project doubles beer taps, overhauls menu and renovates interior

Cadillac Jack’s co-founder Billy Joe Deck said the total cost of the project reached $250,000. An existing patio is now enclosed, a gazebo was added to provide open-air space, beer-hall-style community tables were installed in some portions of the dining area, and the number of beer taps were doubled.

“This is basically a brand new restaurant,” Deck said.

The 240-seat restaurant employs 45, but plans call for hiring an additional 15 to 20 to accommodate the transformation, Deck said. A similar renovation and name change will occur at the Cadillac Jacks location on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp., but the timetable for that project hasn’t been set yet.

Deck, who opened the Beavercreek Cadillac Jacks 11 years ago, said increased competition led him to renovate and re-brand the sports bar located east of North Fairfield Road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

“It seems like everyone is opening a sports bar these days,” Deck said. “We’re trying to stay one level ahead of everyone else.”

And that effort starts with the beer selection. Two of the 47 taps will always be Bud Light and Miller Lite, but the other 45 are devoted to craft brews, with a heavy, though not exclusive, emphasis on Ohio and Midwest breweries.

“I’m a huge advocate of local,” said Ryan Davis, the Caddy’s Tap House beverage manager. “We’ll have 15 to 20 beers from Ohio breweries, and we have eight from Dayton now.”

The current craft beer list includes brews from Warped Wing, Toxic Brew, Mad Tree, Rheingeist, Jackie O’s, Brew Kettle and Great Lakes, among others.

Caddy’s has a growler-refill program and will give away its empty growlers, charging only for the beer inside the glass containers, Davis said. Plans call for adding 32-ounce “howlers” — half the size of the growlers — in the future.

The overhauled food menu includes Meatloaf, Ale-Marinated Bricked Chicken, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Greek Kale Salad, Chicken Pot Pie, Caddy’s Bison Burger, a Black-Bean Burger, and specialty pizzas.

“We bake our own chicken, make our own meat loaf and even make our own pickles,” Deck said.

Another former Cadillac Jacks in Fairborn transformed into Hangar 18 last year. It will keep that concept, Deck said.

Caddy’s Tap House serves lunch and dinner daily. It’s open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, check out the Caddy’s Tap House Facebook page or call (937) 431-0240.

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