the bar at brennan's in the cwe photo by ashley gieseking

Brennan's will open second location, Brennan's Work & Leisure, in Midtown

A Central West End fixture will soon have a presence in Midtown. Brennan’s owner Kevin Brennan will open Brennan’s Work & Leisure sometime this fall at 3015 Locust St., in the same block as Small Batch and The Fountain on Locust.

Brennan’s marketing and events manager Zach Gzehoviak said work is currently underway to refurbish the more than 100-year-old building, which began life as an automobile showroom when the area was known as Automobile Row.

The new place will serve coffee, tea and juice in the morning and sandwiches and salads for lunch. In the evening the space will transition to beer, wine and cocktails, plus small plates and some signature dishes from Brennan’s. Unlike the original Brennan’s, the new project won’t have a cigar component.

rendering by david rygiol for brennan's work & leisure

The back of the building and the 1,000-square-foot upper mezzanine level will house private offices and a shared work and event space similar to The BHive at Brennan’s, but on a larger scale. “There will be a little bit more going on, and we’ll have the ability to do different things,” Gzehoviak said, including offsite corporate events. Gzehoviak said applications for office space will be accepted once the project is further along.

Gzehoviak said the area is reminiscent of the Central West End 15 years ago when Brennan’s debuted. “Midtown has a cool, creative businesses scene that we would fall into well,” he said. “We want to embrace the neighborhood and hopefully inspire others to check out Midtown. A lot of people don’t realize it’s only seven minutes down the road [from Brennan’s].” 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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