Ollie’s Place poised to open with 60 craft beer taps

Restaurant, whiskey bar and retail wine and beer shop part of Washington Twp. project

The 8,000-square-foot bar-restaurant is scheduled to open in about four weeks. It will seat 140 inside and another 36 on a patio that will open later this summer, general manager and beer curator Gus Stathes said. Hiring is underway for approximately 50 positions.

Ollie’s Place, located next to Hauer Music in space that previously housed a Krispin’s store, will have 60 taps dedicated to craft brews. It will offer as many as 225 whiskeys from around the world — Kentucky bourbons, single-malt Scotches, Canadian whiskies and Irish whiskies — at its bar. And it will host special beer, wine and whiskey tastings and food pairings.

Ollie’s Place founder and owner Mike Schwartz has hired an executive chef, Joshua Walden, to oversee food service, which will consist of a modern cuisine in the restaurant and pub favorites in the bar. Several of the dishes on the restaurant side will incorporate beer, wine or spirits in their preparation, such as lamb “lollipops” with cabernet sauce, stout-braised short ribs and double chocolate bourbon creme brulee, Walden said.

Schwartz has championed craft beer appreciation in the Dayton area since the late 1980s. His Belmont Party Supply beer, wine and spirits shop at 2621 S. Smithville Road in Dayton will remain open, as will its adjacent Brewtensils shop that sells home-brewing equipment, Schwartz said.

In addition to the 60 craft beers on tap, Ollie’s will sell more than 1,500 beers in bottles and cans in its retail store. Its wine selection also will be extensive, Schwartz said. And Ollie’s is in the process of double-aging some commercially available bourbons in oloroso sherry and tawny port casks for use in specialty cocktails, he said.

For more information, check out the Ollie’s Place Facebook page.

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