As a beer lover, Columbus is a great place to live with over forty craft brewers within an Uber ride from my house. But only one of them will sell you a pint and a piece of the business – Brew Dog.
The founders of this international venture financed the brewery not thru traditional methods but with direct stock sales to individuals, offering cool tchotchkes like free beer to potential stockholders in a program BrewDog calls “Equity for Punks!”, which is open to US residents now thru the middle of August.
For a mere $50 dollar investment, you get 5% off your tab every time you visit a Brew Dog establishment, along with free beer on your birthday and invites to lots of cool events.
Wanna spend more?
For a $1000 stock purchase, you’ll get a couple of free nights at the Dog House, the hotel they are building next to the brewery in Canal Winchester.
But true beer nirvana shows up at the $50,000 mark. BrewDog will deliver 1,000 shares directly to your house as they “install a fully functioning BrewDog bar in your home, with 3 taps, a beer fridge and a miniature set up of a BrewDog bar!”
Is this for real?
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“Yes!” says Brew Dog spokesperson Heather Shepard in an email. “We have had 2 people claim a bar in their house and we’re currently working on the designs for these.”
This is not an investment for the weak-hearted. BrewDog shares pay no dividends and don’t trade on any public markets.
You can’t get a daily quote, and if you want to sell you have to wait for that one day each year or so where you can put your stock up for grabs in an online marketplace.
So, other than the cool bennies, is it a good investment? An American private equity firm thinks so.
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Soon, you’ll be able to get some sweet comedy and even sweeter desserts in Old North. High on Sugar will be open in the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Exchange at 2643 N. High St. sometime in September.
The menu will feature inventive indulgences like shakes piles high with different cakes, ice creams, and toppings—all built your way.
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Entertainment will be offered daily, along with free WiFi and comfortable seating options. More details on the comedy component to surface closer to the open date.
The city’s beloved (peace, love and) pancake balls now
have a second place to call home. Expanding from their
inaugural Harrison West domain, Katalina’s, welcomes
diehard breakfast lovers to their new turquoise-coated digs
in Clintonville. Much larger in space and seating capacity,
patrons of Katalina’s, Too! may be reminded of another
previous whimsical Columbus staple.
“We kept the integrity of [Vintage Fountain Pen Sales and Repair], so I think you’ll see both elements,” says Kathleen Day, brunch connoisseur and owner of Katalina’s. “It looks a little mid-century modern, but then I also wanted to keep the Katalina’s aesthetic. You’ll definitely see those architectural elements of the original gas station and when I first opened Katalina’s. I did not have a budget at all, hardly.”
Instead of breaking the bank, Day relied on flea market finds and decorative, chalk-based decor inspired by the original Katalina’s location. Guests of the original Katalina’s may recall the wooden, brightly-colored umbrella-covered porch, along with the heavily trafficked six-hundred square foot interior. While Katalina’s, Too! is six times as large as its predecessor, Day insists that the brand hasn’t strayed far from its roots. Though various Columbus neighborhoods tossed their hat into the ring to house Katalina’s, Too!, it was Clintonville that eventually took the gold.
“Since I opened, people in Clintonville have been the most vociferous about wanting this second Katalina’s. I’ve been very lucky everyone wants a second Katalina’s, but people in Clintonville have probably been the loudest about wanting a second Katalina’s,” says Day. “I looked in German Village as well, but I don’t want to make other people in Columbus feel as if I don’t like other areas of Columbus. I have a soft spot for Clintonville because their values are very like Katalina’s in that they’re independent, peace-loving, local, organic and their
values are spirited, quirky and anti-corporate.”
One glance at the Katalina’s, Too! menu, and guests may develop a voracious appetite for the Prego Steak Sandwich, a Portuguese-inspired sirloin tucked between a brioche roll from Majita Breads and smothered by a housemade piri-piri sauce. With the belief that outsourcing may exploit the Katalina’s brand, Day purposely intersects her recipes with local resources, remembering that the first Katalina’s began from just a “pot and a spoon.”
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“I think once they understand my brand values of ‘live, love, local’ organic and ethics, they kind of come on board. People really love working for Katalina’s because of the brand values and the team is wonderful. I couldn’t do it without them,” says Day. “I think the customers and the community here are just so passionate about food, local products and local farms, they just want more and more.”
As High Street steadily grows into a bar and nightlife sanctuary, Clintonville proved to be the leading choice for Katalina’s, Too!, even wiping out the cobblestone o -beaten path of German Village. With Harrison West being up-and- coming in 2009, Day admits that Clintonville’s familial aura is what generated personal interest. “I just happen to know from my friends living in Clintonville that it is a very family- oriented community and especially because I have a much bigger space I know there will be more kids there,” says Day, who expanded the menu to include a new kids menu. “I think my pancake balls are kid-friendly, but I definitely wanted to be a family-friendly destination.”
For vegans and those interested in transitioning into veganism, there’s an abundance of new plant-based specialties to choose from, but for dedicated brunch enthusiasts, Day’s next project is to expand the Original Pancake Balls TM into having a vegan alternative. “I’m a cook at heart and people will tell you you’re either a cook or a baker. I am not a baker and so I finally have a baker in-house and maybe she can help me on that. But it is very difficult to make a pancake that is as good without eggs,” Day admits. “I now have local Fowlers Mill Flour and they have created something that makes it easier for us. Now we just add a few items instead of making it basically from scratch even though it’s stone-ground flour which is much better for you than just regular white bleached flour.”
Joking that she’ll need a brief sabbatical away from the
frenzy of opening Katalina’s, Too! and the demand for extended
hours, Day is in no rush to create Katalina’s, Three, though
she knows Columbus will be her eternal breakfast landmark.
“This was pretty daunting and then my employees are all very
excited to keep expanding, of course, but I think I need to just
decide if it’s best for me and my employees,” she says. “They
all love the family atmosphere of Katalina’s, and I just know
from past experiences if you keep growing you can’t always
keep the integrity of your original location. I would never want
to become this corporate-type company because people love
Katalina’s because it’s so unique and home-spun. I want to
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