Metro Councilman John Delgado and his business partners are set to open their third downtown bar, a tap room at the corner of Third and Laurel streets that will have 95 beers on draft.
The Draft House will open sometime within the next 30 days, Delgado said.
“It will definitely be open for New Year’s Eve,” he said. “That’s when we’ll really kick it off.”
Delgado and his partners, Andrew Bayard and Christian Walther, took over the lease of the space at 421 Third St., which had been occupied until recently by the 3rd Street Pub.
The space doesn’t need much work, since it was remodeled about two years ago.
“We’re doing some painting, bringing in some couches and shuffling space around a bit,” Delgado said. “We want it to have a living room feel.”
The biggest change will be installing a new draft system that will enable The Draft House to have 95 beers on tap. That will put the bar among the top three in Baton Rouge in terms of the variety of beers offered, Delgado said.
The Draft House lineup will include a variety of Belgian beers. “We’ve got plenty of taps to fill and we probably agree on 78 of them,” he said.
Delgado, Bayard and Walther opened Huey’s, a craft cocktail bar at 350 Third St., in summer 2013. A few months ago, they took over ownership of the former Mud & Water Bar at 174 South Blvd., which they renamed Brickyard South.
The partners had plans to open a beer bar on Third Street for a while, at one point eyeing a location next to Huey’s. “This was just the right space and the right time for it,” Delgado said. The Draft House is across the street from the 440 on Third building, which is set to open with 65 apartments on Jan. 1, and the Commerce Building, which just started a redevelopment that will put 93 apartments in the property.
“Being in the shadow of those two apartment complexes will be a big boon for us,” he said.
The Draft House will have about 10 bartenders and staff and will be open Tuesday through Sunday. The bar won’t initially serve food, but Delgado said offering meals “is not outside the realm of possibility.”
Delgado, Bayard and Walther aren’t through with their downtown plans. They’re planning a fourth development, which would be a live music venue.
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