Agave & Rye in Hamilton moves toward completion

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Construction continues for the Agave & Rye restaurant project on Main Street in Hamilton.

The Hamilton location will be the franchise’s 18th location and second in Butler County, having opened the Liberty Center location in October 2019. The restaurant that will be at the former Ritzi Auto Body is projected to open mid-year, though a date has not been announced.

Agave & Rye is a modern tequila and bourbon hall founded in Covington, Kentucky, in February 2018. The unique menu and dining experience will open across the street from the Rossville Flats.

“The reason we were excited about Agave & Rye from the beginning is that it’s something we don’t currently have, and it also brings in a clientele that we have limited options for,” said Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Bates. “It’s great for the locals, but it also continues Hamilton as a destination point for people to drive 15 to 30 minutes to get here, because people will do that for Agave and Rye.”

The lane in front of the construction site had to be blocked for recent construction-related work.

This new Agave & Rye location, 339 Main St., is expected to provide the same menu the restaurant is known for, from gourmet tacos with diverse ingredients to dozens of varieties of tequila and bourbon, as well as specialty cocktails and a series of select wines and beer.

Agave & Rye is reporting the tentative construction schedule should wrap by the end of the second quarter or the start of the third quarter. Sarah Walters, senior director of Public Relations at RMD Advertising, said once the building’s interior is completed and restaurant-ready, they’ll begin the hiring and training process.

“We are extremely thrilled to be opening this long-anticipated store in Hamilton this year,” she said. “The community has been amazing to work with and we are excited we can begin delivering our EPIC experiences to Hamilton and the surrounding area in a great area on Main Street as soon as possible.”

This past November, Chief Operating Officer of Epic Brands | Agave & Rye Chris Britt told the Journal-News they want to be involved in the community and “want to help drive that success” Hamilton has seen over the past dozen-plus years. The restaurant chain initially announced plans in 2021 for the new location, but had been delayed due to issues beyond their control, Britt told the Journal-News. They’ve always, however, been committed to the city, he said.

“We’ve looked around in Hamilton and fell in love with the community,” said Britt late last year. “The people are awesome, the city is phenomenal. It’s an underrated small business community and it’s just at the tip of the iceberg with the success and growth it’s going to see.”

Agave & Rye has aggressively expanded in southwest Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. The restaurant was featured in Restaurant Hospitality Magazine and named as one of 20 full-service restaurants worth watching by FSR Magazine. It was voted No. 8 in the 2023 Restaurant Business Future 50.

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