Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Beer bar franchise taps into downtown Fort Worth
The Brass Tap, slated to open in March, will sell more than 250 beers, with 60 on draft.
FORT WORTH Fort Worth residents and visitors will have a new place to swig craft beer when The Brass Tap pub opens downtown.
Construction began last week on the 2,500-square-foot space at the corner of Houston Street and West 8th Street. According to owners Jay Thompson and Ron Jankowski, the bar should be up and running by the end of March.
True to its name, the Brass Tap will house 60 draft taps, a third of which will be dedicated to local beers, Jankowski said. Pints will run $6 to $8. The bar will also serve more than
150 250 bottled and canned beers, red and white wine, sangria, and a selection of fine cigars, the owners said. The bar will not serve liquor. Contrary to other establishments in Fort Worth, patrons will not be allowed to smoke inside; however, there will be a small patio for smokers.
The Brass Tap in Fort Worth is one in a line of franchises that originated from Florida. The opportunity for ownership presented itself after Thompson and Jankowski's pharmaceutical sales company downsized and they were out of work.
“As a result of the downsizing, Ron and I were looking for something to do outside the corporate realm,” Thompson said.
They came across an online advertisement calling for the expansion of the newly established Brass Tap brand. About a year ago, when Thompson and Jankowski started setting their plans in motion, there were only three locations. Now there are 12 Brass Taps in Florida, Texas and Ohio, and 26 more in the works.
Thompson and Jankowski are opening the only one in North Texas.
“It wasn’t exactly Brass Taps’ vision to bring this to North Texas. It was mine and Jay’s,” said Jankowski. “The craft beer industry is kind of the latest and greatest craze right now … that area of Fort Worth could use another upscale-type bar.”
“Upscale” by the owners' definition means providing a place with less of a party vibe than other bars in downtown. They will deck the space in warm wood, a muted color scheme and a few televisions in hopes of attracting young adults and business professionals for happy hour or “a nice beer or glass of wine after dinner,” Jankowski said.
Food options will be limited to bar snacks, though specific plates have yet to be determined. The owners said they will partner with neighboring restaurants for delivery, too. Customers will be also able to bring food into the bar, they said.
For more information or to keep up with The Brass Tap’s progress, check out its Facebook page.Follow @tineywristwatch
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