Braxton Expanding to Fort Mitchell in Former Remke Site
The recently adopted adjustment to the Ft. Mitchell zoning code allowing for micro-breweries to operate at the former Remke Markets site at 2501 Dixie Highway has paved the way for another expansion of Covington-based Braxton Brewing Company.
Braxton CEO Jake Rouse confirmed on Saturday that Braxton will occupy part of the building, which is currently undergoing a redevelopment by Cincinnati-based 360 Property Partners.
The Braxton Barrel House is expected to open this fall.
In recent months, city council and Ft. Mitchell residents have discussed opportunities at that site with enthusiasm, but also reservation about the potential impact of live music on the Orphanage Road side of the property.
Recent tests by city officials and an adjustment of permissible hours for live music were favorable enough for council to approve the zone adjustment earlier this week.
A rendering of the future Braxton space, provided by the company to The River City News, shows outdoor seating on the former Remke loading dock, which is where the live music tests took place.
“The Braxton taproom is very exciting and adds to the unique characteristics of our city,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman, in a statement. “We look forward to the transformation of the Remke’s site and welcome new businesses like Braxton that will add to the walkability and the neighborhood-friendly culture we are creating.”
Other tenants for the site have not yet been announced, but a representative from 360 Property Partners said earlier this week that there is action on every space.
Braxton operates its original taproom on Seventh Street in downtown Covington and an additional tap room in Newport next to the Party Source in Bellevue.
The new Barrel House in Ft. Mitchell is expected to have an emphasis on bourbon barrels, with a rickhouse beneath the space where brews will age in bourbon barrels. Further details on the Barrel House are expected in the next couple of days.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher