Pies & Pints, not your average pizza joint, is the first restaurant tenant to be announced for the future Liberty Center.
The pizzeria, with arguably the best craft brew program around revealed plans Friday to enter the Cincinnati market with the Butler County location. Co-owner and President Rob Lindeman said the five-restaurant and growing pizza business has signed a lease at the mega retail center.
Liberty Center, in the early stages of construction in Liberty Twp., is the name of the approximately 1.4 million-square-foot mixed-use shopping, office and residential complex planned for the intersection of Ohio 129, Interstate 75 and Liberty Way. Its scheduled to open in September 2015, according to developers.
We have an executed lease and will be going into the project when it opens, Lindeman said.
Were a small mom-and-pop company that really prides itself on high quality, great tasting pizza, he said. We try to provide the most flavorful, most unique pizza.
Liberty Center is being built by Columbus-based developer Steiner + Associates, the same developer of Easton Town Center in the Columbus-area and The Greene in Beavercreek. The projects first phase is expected to be a more than $300 million investment encompassing 65 acres.
Its being developed by one of the premier developers in the country, Steiner. Weve known those folks for a period of time. They saw the product in Worthington, liked it, and we got a great location in the center, Lindeman said.
Pies & Pints was founded in 2003 at original storefront Fayetteville, W.Va. The craft pizza and beer venture has since expanded to Charleston, W.Va.; Morgantown, W.Va.; Worthington, Ohio, and Beavercreek at The Greene. Lindeman said a sixth restaurant is opening this year in Lexington, Ky.
The Greene location opened in August 2013. The yet-to-open Liberty Center pizza place will be comparable to the nearby Dayton-area restaurant with 60 to 65 full- and part-time employees, Lindeman said. Pies & Pints at The Greene has seating for approximately 150 people, and sells 22 bottled beers with 35 rotating beer taps. A similar size restaurant and offering can be expected in Liberty Twp.