A new Irish-themed restaurant has received a Columbus Riverfront liquor license, the sixth of 10 to be awarded since the downtown created a Riverfront District with its own set of three-way licenses.
Jordy McTaggart’s Pub and Grill is scheduled to open in April at The Commons with an Irish-English pub theme, according to co-owner Tim Rohrer. Rohrer and his business partner, David Baker of Shelby County, have planned to open an Irish-English pub for more than two years.
Columbus Redevelopment Commission members awarded the liquor license Monday after Redevelopment Director Heather Pope told them the restaurant met all criteria for the license. The license will allow the restaurant to serve beer, wine and liquor. With the approval, Mayor Kirsten Brown is authorized to write a letter to state officials seeking their OK for the license.
The downtown Riverfront District was created in December 2010 by the redevelopment commission and takes in most of downtown and includes areas south of First Street to State Street. The district received 10 Riverfront liquor licenses in addition to the county’s general liquor license total, which is based on population. Five of those licenses have been granted to Bistro 310, The Garage, Smith’s Row, Tre Bicchieri and Joe Willy’s.
Jordy McTaggart’s is moving into a Commons area formerly occupied by Scotty’s Burger Joint and Detour American Grille & Bar and spending about a half-million dollars to renovate it, according to the owners.
The restaurant is in the final design stages, and construction is expected to begin in about two weeks and be completed after about six weeks. The Columbus City Council approved a 10-year lease for the restaurant late last year.
On the menu
The Commons tenant: Jordy McTaggart’s Pub and Grill in The Commons, downtown Columbus
OWNERS: Tim Rohrer, of Nashville, and David Baker, of Shelby County, who own three Montana Mike’s Steakhouses
MENU: American fare and Irish/British favorites such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage
PRICES: Lunch, $7 to $12; Dinner, $8 to $20.
SPACE: The entire vacant 5,511 square feet in The Commons
LEASE DETAILS: For 10 years, with three renewals of five years each
YEARLY RENT: $60,621 first five years of the lease; $63,377 second five years; price continues to increase over the subsequent renewal periods, topping out at $78,532 in the final five years