Beer:30 Bar & Grille debuts in West Chester

Beer:30 Bar & Grille opened last week at 4880 Union Centre Pavilion Drive, just off Ohio 747 and Union Centre Boulevard.

The 4,800-square-foot business features billiards, darts, live events and Thursday night karaoke, aiming to be a sports bar that “turns into an entertainment venue” on some nights, according to Bill Weitz, who owns and operates the bar along with his brother Brian Weitz and friend Dan Letzler.

The three Lakota graduates said they decided to open the bar because of a dearth of such establishments in the area.

The bar get its name from the popular excuse that it’s time to start drinking because “it’s Beer:30,” Bill Weitz said.

He previously opened a bar by the same name in Fairfield in 2006, but changed the name in 2010 when he brought on new partners and left the business in 2012 as Fairfield became inundated with similar establishments.

“There really wasn’t anything in West Chester that kind of offered a place to hang out and have some fun and shoot some pool,” Bill Weitz said. “Most of the other places are sit-down and more restaurant-like.”

He said the new bar offers “one of the longest happy hours anywhere” (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), with $2 domestic bottles, $2 drafts and $2 well drinks.

“It’s very aggressive,” Weitz said.

Beer:30 offers a full bar, beer by the bottle and on tap and wine by the bottle or glass, he said.

Although drinks are the only available option for now, the restaurant portion of the business will likely be preparing “some bar food, plus some specialty items” within the next two weeks.

“We’re looking at serving a really phenomenal pizza,” Bill Weitz said. “That, plus steak hoagies and some appetizers, including some lightly breaded mahi mahi fish tenders that are amazing.”

To let customers better enjoy televised sports, the bar “went big everywhere,” mounting four 70-inch televisions behind the bar and filling the rest of the joint with seven 70-inch TVs, eight 42-inch TVs and a gargantuan 125-inch HD projection screen for the most popular sporting events.

For those who’d rather interact than watch sports, Beer:30 offers a plethora of pastimes, including dart boards, pool tables and karaoke. Weitz said the bar plans to start leagues for both pool and darts, as well as host deejays and live music.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m daily. Weitz said he and his fellow co-owners stretched closing time until as late as possible each night to ensure the area’s service industry workers have a place to enjoy themselves after work.

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