Wolf’s Ridge Is Expanding With A New Concept, Understory, In North Columbus

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is expanding.

The local brewery and restaurant will be launching a new concept, Understory, at Open Air (2571 Neil Ave.) The new space is expected to pen in September 2021.

Understory will call Open Air home. Open Air has been undergoing renovations by the Kelley Companies for the past year and a half. Understory will operate a portion of the space, featuring unique cocktails, a progressive food menu, and a private event space. There will be a variety of rooms onsite, with free-flowing seating where guests can enjoy food and drinks.

The space will be opening in phases. The event rental space will open first, followed by the general consumer spaces.

“The launch of this new concept is a huge milestone for us. It is a venture we’ve had in mind for a while, but never quite found the right location and partnership,” explains Bob Szuter, cofounder of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. “On top of that, 2020 was a rough year for our entire industry, and it means the world to us to have the opportunity to grow. We recognize how lucky we are, and we’re really looking forward to creating something that will bring excitement and positivity to customers and our community during a time where we couldn’t need that more.”

The space at Open Air will provide Understory with unique nature vibes and direct access to the Olentangy Trail. Open Air was originally constructed as a two-story school building in 1927. The school was built for students who were susceptible to tuberculosis and who would benefit from the fresh air.

Photo of the Open Air School, a facility for students afflicted with tuberculosis. Construction began August 16, 1927, during a time when specialized tuberculosis sanitariums, homes, and other facilities were increasing across the country. Photo via CML.

Currently, Open Air has two vacant office spaces that will be occupied by future tenants and a new building on the property that houses The Butcher Shop Fitness. A local cafe will also occupy the shared space.

If you’d like to see ongoing updates about the new venture, you can visit Understory’s website here.

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