Central House of Brews features seven electronic dart boards and the owners hope to host dart leagues and tournaments.
Frame said opening a dart bar has “created quite a buzz” in the dart community. He has heard from darters from Cincinnati and Dayton, which makes Middletown the perfect location, he said.
The sports bar features seating for 92 people — 68 inside and 24 on the patio — two pool tables, a variety of draft and bottled beers, liquor and Keno.
The owners also noted their association with Combs BBQ, which is located next door. They have an agreement to allow their customers to order food from Combs and have it delivered, and customers at Combs are welcome to eat in the bar. A doorway will be built between the two businesses.
Maupin said that partnership was “key” because of the restaurant’s reputation. Maupin said he and Frame don’t have restaurant experience and they didn’t want the expense of opening a kitchen.
Central House of Brews features 24 draft beers, 150 bottled and canned beers and liquor.
“We want to be a bar with food,” said Maupin, who has owned The WELL at 4371 Dixie Highway in Middletown for nearly six years. “Not a restaurant with a bar.”
Chris Combs, owner of Combs BBQ, called it a “great relationship” between the two downtown businesses.
Besides Frame and Maupin, there are four employees, including Jacki Horton, a longtime bartender and Frame’s girlfriend.
There are several unique features in the bar. The top of the bar is covered with pennies, all dated 2018. There also are wireless phone chargers on the bar and USB ports.
They believe being located in a neighborhood also will increase business. They have heard from residents who said they were looking for a bar to open because they don’t like driving out of town.
Central House of Brews is set to open Saturday on Central Avenue in Middletown. It’s owned by Kevin Frame and Bill Maupin.
NAME: Central House of Brews
ADDRESS: 2213 Central Ave., Middletown
PHONE NUMBER: 513-915-7846
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. every day
FEATURES: 4,400-square-foot business includes seven dart boards, two pool tables, 24 draft beers, 150 bottled beers, liquor and food available from Combs BBQ, located next door