Hamilton has a lot in common with Covington, Ky., where the company opened its first location.
“We were trying to find a location in Hamilton before we opened Liberty,” Sarber said. “We wanted to so badly come in there, but there were just no opportunities. So obviously, when this came up, and it came up pretty quickly, we were, like, ‘Heck, yes, we want to get in there,’ so it’s a wonderful thing.”
“It kind of reminded us a little bit of what happened in Covington (with recent development). A little bit in Troy, actually, as well. We’ve been overwhelmed with how successful that location has been.”
Hamilton’s Community Improvement Corporation members voted Thursday to sell the property for $1 in exchange for the $2.5 million investment, and Agave & Rye will lease from the developer.
The city paid $365,000 for the 0.62-acre property last summer, after a retirement in the Ritzi family, which owned the automobile repair and body shop for 83 years.
The restaurants feature a selection of 87 tequilas and 87 bourbons and serve a variety of tacos.
With the under-construction Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill scheduled to open at the end of this year, “it’s an already bustling community,” Sarber said. “We felt as though there would be an awesome opportunity for a lot of patio area.”
There will be seating for about 100 between the former service station at the front of the property and the large back building, where the kitchen, bar and dining tables will be. The front bar will sell alcohol for carryout in the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area.
There also will be a covered patio area that can serve 250 more people, “so it’s massive,” she said. The patio area will be able to be enclosed during cold weather. The company is opening other restaurants in Lexington, Ky.; near Newark, Ohio; and Indianapolis.
Agave now has seven restaurants open, and Hamilton’s will probably be the 12th or 13th.
“We’re so overwhelmed and grateful with the response that we are reading on social media from the community, and it really makes our hearts full,” she said.
Agave & Rye is putting the finishing touches on its new restaurant on Troy’s Public Square. The Mexican-inspired restaurant is at 2 N. Market St., the space that formerly housed La Piazza Italian restaurant. The Troy location will feature a selection of 87 tequilas and 87 bourbons and the food menu includes 20 specialty double-shell tacos.
Credit: Lisa Powell
Credit: Lisa Powell