Mid City Beer Garden aims for late summer opening

(Photo by Tim Mueller) Abita

The owners of the long-discussed, much-planned Mid City Beer Garden hope to open late this summer.

Construction crews have about five months worth of work left, says co-owner Kelli Paxton, meaning the beer garden could open before July. Yet Paxton says the opening date may not happen until early fall.

“Every single day is a change-order,” says Paxton, who’s also the general manager of the down-the-street Radio Bar. “That’s why it’s taken us so long to get underway with construction—we kept changing our ideas because we’re so hands-on with the design.”

Faulk and Meek General Contractors broke ground on the project late last summer after three years of planning. At the time, Paxton estimated construction would take 10 to 12 months.

Now contractors are about 50% into their work on the building at the corner of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. Once done, she’ll hire about 20 people to staff the business.

The beer garden is the brainchild of Paxton and Radio Bar co-owners Brian Baiamonte and Dave Remmetter, who envisioned the place as a neighborhood communal spot where patrons can sit under a covered patio, eat food and sip craft beers with one another.

The project comes as Mid City experiences a surge of redevelopment. Several components of the Electric Depot mixed-use development, such as Red Stick Social and anchor Japanese restaurant BŌRU, are also slated to open in the near future.

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