Rooftop dining, drinking returning to downtown Hamilton

Cincinnati-based Looking Glass Hospitality Group will reintroduce rooftop dining and drinking in downtown Hamilton as soon as next month.

The eatery and microbrewery will be called Fretboard Brewing & Public House, offering “upscale pub fare with a twist” made from scratch, and 14 beer taps with all Fretboard beers and a full menu of craft cocktails, said Scott Schmidt of Looking Glass.

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The location will be 103 Main St., the former location of Quarter Barrel Brewery + Pub, which closed its Hamilton and Oxford operations on Jan. 3. Its Main Street location, which features sweeping views of the Great Miami River and Hamilton’s downtown, had been open a year before it shut down.

“The whole thing will be service now. Where Quarter Barrel really didn’t do full-service on the second floor or the rooftop, we will,” Schmidt said. “One-hundred percent of the restaurant menu and the bar menu will be available on all three floors of the building.”

The owners hope to place a ballot issue before voters, requesting that they and other bar operations be able to serve alcohol on Sundays.

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