Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar is relocating to 9900 Linn Station Road this fall after the owners of its former Hurstbourne location opted not to renew the lease.
Owner Jason Brown said the sports bar and restaurant had been operating on a month-to-month lease at 237 Whittington Parkway for four or five years. The transition out of the Whittington Parkway space into a new space was expected but more abrupt than anticipated. The office and retail complex that Brownie’s operated out of was bought in 2016 for $41 million.
“We knew it was coming, but at the time, we were told we would have through 2018,” Brown said, “and we just got the call out of the blue saying ‘You all need to be out in 40 days.’ ”
Brown said he’s now signed a lease at the Linn Station Road address, most recently a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, and expects to invest roughly $250,000 to renovate the building, including opening up the interior more and adding a large patio.
“We wanted to find something close by to where we have already established ourselves in town. We just had such a big following,” he said. “We’re taking the same thing that has works so well over the last 13 years and just moving it down the street.”
The new location is less than two miles from the former Brownie’s. Pending no major delays, the new location will open in September.
Although Brown said the new location will be larger, he said it is too early to provide seating estimates.
“There will be plenty of room to not only to sit and eat but also stand around and hang out” during sporting events, he said.
With the exception of the location change, Brown said little else will; the menu will only have a few minor changes, and regulars will still see familiar faces.
The new Brownie’s will employ 40 to 50 people, and only 10 to 15 of them will be new hires, he said.
“That was probably one of the best things — we were able to keep most of our staff from Brownie’s Hurstbourne intact,” Brown said, noting that some shifted hours to Brownie’s location in New Albany, and many service industry workers hold multiple jobs anyway.