The Main Bar Is Closing And The Building Could Be Getting Demolished

The Main Bar is closing later this month.

Located at 16 W. Main Street, the bar will hold a celebration for customers on February 27 before closing its doors for good on February 28.

Although it’s been known as The Main Bar for the past couple of decades, the building itself has had a long life. Constructed in 1890, the building has been used as both a residential and commercial structure. Originally called the Hare and Corbin Saloon, the building is the last surviving late 19th-century commercial structure on West Main between S. High and Wall Street, according to Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

The current owners of the bar say that the small space made social distancing difficult to accommodate and after a series of shutdowns and reopenings, it’s time to call it quits.

“It just doesn’t make sense to stay open,” Jim Velio, co-owner of The Main Bar told Columbus Business First. “It’s been a good place, but it’s time to move on.”

The bar is expected to be demolished and replaced by mixed-use development, either residential and medical use or residential and retail use and according to Columbus Business First, it could be torn down in 60 days.

However, Columbus Landmarks Foundation shared a goodbye to the building on Facebook, saying that the Columbus Downtown Commission will only approve demolition if there’s a redevelopment plan in place, “not just to clear a site for potential redevelopment.”

With the future of the building uncertain, it may be worth going by if you’d like to see it one last time.

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