The highly-anticipated BrickHaus, Columbia Pike’s first beer garden, is getting ready for Opening Day in May.
“There are a lot of moving parts in trying to open a restaurant”, says owner Tony Wagner, with a grin. ”Our biggest challenge has been finding the balance between the historic outside structure and the new interior structure.” 2900 Columbia Pike, a former bank, is the oldest building on the Pike, and more recently served as Blanca’s Restaurant.
BrickHaus will house a beer garden on the first floor, a sit-down steakhouse on the second floor mezzanine, and a 30-seat outdoor patio.
Tables and chairs are in place, lighting fixtures are hung, and signage is installed. The outdoor brick patio, which features a fire pit, was successfully tested last week. “We’re going to plant different varieties of hops on the patio for decoration”, says Wagner, who also owns Twisted Vines across the street.
BrickHaus will offer mostly regional brews from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland on a 24-tap draught beer tower. Wagner anticipates a May 1st opening.