City, brewer ready to sign deal on riverfront beer garden

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DOWNTOWN - Terms of a lease agreement for a three-story restaurant and
outdoor beer garden on Cincinnati's riverfront will go before the city's
finance committee Monday.

As part of the 45-acre Cincinnati Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Park
Board and Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. have been working on plans for a
15,000 square foot restaurant - the Lager House - that will have room for
500 seats inside and up to 600 outside in a beer garden.

Terms of the lease agreement were not released Thursday, pending review of
the city's finance committee Monday, officials said.

In September, Christian Moerlein CEO Greg Hardman told The Enquirer that
part of the agreement requires him to pay $225,000 to the city, which will
eventually count toward future rent once a lease is in place. He declined
to share additional details of his investment at that time.

Hardman has said he plans to brew 5,000 barrels of Christian Moerlein beer
at the Lager House annually and offer brewery tours. The food will recall
Over-the-Rhine 19th-century biergarten offerings such as hand-carved
sandwiches on freshly baked bread made from spent brewer's grain. Hardman
expects to employ 200 at the facility.

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