Exclusive: These Hamilton buildings will become new restaurant, bars

Two Hamilton buildings on South Third Street in downtown Hamilton are seeing a flurry of construction activity. One of them, at 20 S. Third St., will become a new restaurant and bar on the first floor with apartments above and the other building at 26 S. Third is set to become a 2-story bar. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Two Hamilton buildings on South Third Street in downtown Hamilton are seeing a flurry of construction activity. One of them, at 20 S. Third St., will become a new restaurant and bar on the first floor with apartments above and the other building at 26 S. Third is set to become a 2-story bar. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Two buildings in downtown Hamilton that are more than 100 years old are being renovated into the city’s latest dining and drinking spots.

Jon Park told this news outlet that crews are working to combine buildings he owns at 20 and 26 South Third St. to create a 5,000-square-foot space that spans the first floor of both properties.

The ground floor of a three-story building at 20 S. Third will include a restaurant and bar, while a two-story building at 26 S. Third St. will be transformed into a separate two-story bar featuring two walk-up outdoor ordering areas and a patio, Park said. It will feature live music and karaoke, plus daily happy hour specials, he said.

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Names for the new restaurant and bar have yet to be finalized, but its menu will focus on American cuisine including burgers, chicken, sandwiches, soups and more, Park said.

“(It will offer) good, quality food at a reasonable price,” he said. “I think it’s a good fit for Hamilton.”

Park said the late 2021 opening of Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill and the influx of people it is expected to draw was “the main reason” he and his investors opted to embark on the project.

He said he hopes to have the two businesses opened sometime in the first half of 2020.

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Park said he is converting the two upper floors of 20 S. Third St. into apartments, with four studio apartments on the second floor and two larger apartments on the third floor, which once served as a ballroom, Park said.

“There’s 20-foot-tall ceilings up there (on the third floor), so we’re going to do large luxury apartments up there with sleeping lofts in them,” he said. “There are 10 windows that are 10-and-a-half-feet tall so it’s going to have great daylight.”

The building at 26 S. Third St. was constructed in 1885, and the building at 20 S. Third St. was constructed in 1890, according to Butler County Auditor’s Office records.

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