Bar 145 Opens in Kent; More Locations Planned Across Ohio
Kent’s new entertainment district development welcomed the new Bar 145 earlier this year. With happy hour everyday from 1:45 to 6:00, daily food and drink specials and live entertainment, Bar 145 has something for everyone.
The original Bar 145 opened in Toledo in May 2011 and began franchising in July 2012. Bar 145 has plans to open at least three additional locations this year, including one in Columbus’s Grandview neighborhood this summer. Afterward, Bar 145 projects opening a new location every six months with a combination of both corporate-owned and franchised locations. Target markets include Akron, Cleveland, Chicago, Miami, Nashville and Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bar 145 is a result of the inspiration of Jeremy Fitzgerald, whose family has a successful history in the hospitality industry. Fitzgerald’s family owns two 75-unit hotels and four bars on Put-In-Bay and Port Clinton, two of Ohio’s summer fun spots on Lake Erie.
When it opened its doors in May 2011, Bar 145 became the first gastropub in Toledo. Lending to the definition of a “gastropub,” Bar 145 is relaxed and comfortable like a neighborhood bar, but instead of nachos and chicken wings, the menu features tempura-battered green beans, sliced pretzel bread with organic gouda sauce and “Stack Your Own” burgers featuring premium beef.
Of course, Bar 145 gets check marks for its great food and fine selection of craft beers, but then it veers off-road from everyone else. Bar 145 specializes in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon along with a myriad of other gourmet items on the menu most people try for the very first time in their lives at Bar145” and for that it stands alone as a truly unique concept poised for growth via franchising.
The three Bs are:
Burgers – Bar 145 gets its name from the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium-rare burger. When you “Stack Your Own,” customers choose from 12 artisan cheeses, 21 sauces (19 made from scratch) and 24 toppings ranging from vine-ripe tomatoes to in-house cured bacon.
Bands – Bar 145 offers live entertainment six nights a week, ranging from acoustic to dueling pianos to ultimate party bands from across the country and even Australia.
Bourbon – Bar 145’s bourbon selection includes more than 20 varieties, along with creative bourbon cocktails including the BLT (Bulleit, Lemon and Tonic), Kentucky Lemonade (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Lemonade, fresh Lemon and Bitters) and Bourbon Ball Manhattan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, White Crème di Cacao and Frangelico liqueur served up or on the rocks).
Utilizing local farmers (a mandate for franchisees, as well) and purchasing fresh products daily allows Bar 145 to offer a wide variety of exciting dishes, all under the direction of executive chef Robby Lucas, who gained extensive experience working at some of the nation’s finest restaurants and who will continue to oversee Bar 145’s menu offerings as the concept expands.
While it’s traditional for most gastropubs to feature craft beers, Bar 145 restaurants spotlight bourbon in more than 20 varieties, along with creative bourbon cocktails including the BLT (Bulleit, Lemon and Tonic), Kentucky Lemonade (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Lemonade, fresh Lemon and Bitters) and Bourbon Ball Manhattan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, White Crème di Cacao and Frangelico liqueur served up or on the rocks).
Bar 145’s food and drink menus are complemented by an inviting atmosphere, with a spacious patio with high-rise tables, a 50-seat oval bar split by an industrial-size garage door and flat-screen TVs strategically located for easy viewing.
Additionally, Bar 145 features live music six nights a week, ranging from acoustic to dueling pianos to ultimate party bands from across the country.
“Our bands come from all over and almost all of them have a ‘following’ that come every time they play Bar 145. It will be no different as we expand across the country. I believe all of our locations will quickly earn the reputation as the place to go to see great bands.”
For more information about Bar 145, visit www.bar-145.com.
Located at 100 E. Erie Street, Kent, Ohio.