Published: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Mark Fisher - Staff Writer
— The Dayton area’s ever-expanding beer scene will welcome a new and major player in the next two months.
>> PHOTOS: Check out the inside of Lock 27 Brewing
Lock 27 Brewing’s new downtown Dayton brewery and restaurant in the Delco Lofts building adjacent to Fifth Third Field is poised to ramp up hiring “in the next week or two” in anticipation of an August opening, according to brewery founder Steve Barnhart.
Lock 27 will be the third restaurant/beer pub to open in the space of about two months within a stone’s throw of the Dayton Dragon’s baseball stadium, joining Canal Street Arcade and Deli, which opened this week, and Mudlick Taphouse, which is poised to open in the coming days.
“This neighborhood was a blank slate, and we’re excited to see what it’s developing into,” Barnhart said.
The Lock 27 brewpub is expected to seat about 120 to 150 and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, Barnhart said. Customer seating will be along the first-floor wall overlooking the Fifth Third Field plaza.
The brewery and restaurant will occupy about 12,000 square feet of the Delco Building’s basement and first floor. It will open with about 50 employees, Barnhart said. The original Lock 27 location on Ohio 48 in south Centerville has open interviews every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and starting July 11, the downtown Dayton location will hold open interviews on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The brewery’s restaurant will have an open kitchen on the first floor. Its brewhouse will be in the basement, with some of the tanks and other taller pieces of brewing equipment extending through the basement ceiling to create a visual centerpiece of sorts for the first-floor restaurant, Barnhart said.
At Barnhart’s urging, those working on the brewery build-out have found creative ways to re-use and incorporate some of the items left behind in the building prior to construction of the brewery and the 100-plus Delco Loft apartments.
Initial plans call for distributing Lock 27’s downtown Dayton beers in kegs only, but there is space to add a canning or bottling line for potential future retail distribution, Barnhart said.
Barnhart is a native of Chicago who moved to the Dayton area in 1984. He spent 15 years working in corporate development at NCR. An avid home-brewer since 1997, Barnhart opened Lock 27 in Centerville in June 2013.