Columbus will soon have a new destination for craft beer and Southern-style cuisine when Goodwood Brewing and Spirits opens on Monday.
Goodwood Brewing and Spirits is a place for burgers, brunch and beers, according to its websiteand will be located in the Arena District at 401 N. Front St. Ted Mitzlaff, owner and CEO of The Goodwood, said it will foster a welcoming environment for people of all ages and provide private event space, shuffleboard and a pool table.
“It’s family-friendly, the atmosphere in the restaurant is very chill and festive,” Mitzlaff said. “We really want people to come and have a good time.”
Mitzlaff said it will be the company’s third location, along with two others in Indianapolis and Lexington, Kentucky. He said he had been looking to open a location in Columbus for the past two years, and when an opportunity presented itself, he knew it was something he couldn’t pass up.
“I spent a lot of time in Columbus and fell in love with the city,” Mitzlaff said. “Once we saw this place, we knew it was the right place.”
Michael Wilson, general manager of the Columbus site, said the brewery will have 12 beer taps, all made by Goodwood, and customers will be able to take beers away. He said Goodwood will also be offering samples so people can decide which beers they like best before buying them.
“You can make all four beers you want,” Wilson said. “You can try all these different beers until you find one you like.”
Wilson said the Southern style of food sets it apart from other restaurants in Columbus. Goodwood will serve various items such as chicken and waffles, spicy collard greens, mac and cheese hot pots and beer-infused sauces that will be available for purchase, according to its website.
“We have things on this menu that you don’t often see around Columbus,” Wilson said. “I think once people see it and try it, they’ll fall in love with it.”
Wilson said Goodwood will provide a positive environment for students, as it is reminiscent of home and the comfort food that sometimes comes with it.
“A lot of students are probably missing home and home food,” Wilson said. “They’re going to come here and enjoy it and hopefully come back.”
Because it hasn’t opened yet, Goodwood is still actively hiring, and Wilson said they will hold open interviews every day.
“It doesn’t have to be full-time, you can just work two days a week, and that’s fine,” Wilson said. “No matter your background or the type of job you need, we can fill it.”
Goodwood Brewing and Spirits will open at 11 a.m. daily. Closing times will be determined based on sporting events in the area, such as Columbus Blue Jackets games, Wilson said.
“We have to be flexible to stay relevant,” he said. “There will be 15,000 people at a Blue Jackets game, so why wouldn’t we want to attract that business?”
Goodwood Brewing and Spirits’ grand opening is scheduled for Monday, and more information can be found on the company’s website. website.