The home of Falls City Beer and Old 502 Winery on the edge of the Portland neighborhood is adding a new restaurant and bar called Over the 9.
With a name referencing the emerging district west of 9th Street near downtown, Over the 9 is adjacent to the brewing and winemaking facilities for Old 502 and Falls City, at 120 S. 10th Street. The previous beer and wine tasting room is currently undergoing renovations to include an expanded, full-service bar and the facilities needed to accommodate a kitchen and table service.
Over the 9’s menu will be curated by Griffin Paulin, known for his culinary creativity with local restaurants Hammerhead’s and Roux, as well as the popular Ten Tables program.
“The culinary program at Over the 9 will feature an eclectic menu based on traditional pub fare, incorporating uncommon ingredients and elegant execution. High level food without the high level price,” Paulin said.
The bar will carry the full line of Old 502 wines, and a minimum of six varieties of Falls City beers on draft, including craft beers made on premises and not yet available elsewhere. A range of bourbons and other spirits also will be available.
Over the 9 opens to the public on July 3, in conjunction with the monthly First Friday Hop along the Main-Market Street corridor. The restaurant and bar will open Monday–Saturday at 4 p.m. The renovated industrial space also offers catered private events and tastings in an upstairs loft. For information, call (502) 540-5650 or visit www.gooverthe9.com
Restaurant opening follows new leadership at Falls City
The addition of a full-service restaurant and bar, Over the 9, comes on the heels of a leadership transition at Falls City.
Louisville entrepreneur John Neace has acquired the ownership rights of Falls City Brewing Co., purchasing the storied beer brand from David Easterling. Neace first partnered with Easterling last year as an equity investor in a deal that resulted in Falls City co-locating with Old 502 Winery, which Neace also owns.
“David poured his heart and soul into reviving the Falls City brand, and we’re so appreciative and excited to build upon his work to write the next chapter for this iconic beer,” Neace said. “We believe Over the 9 can become an anchor for the future development of this part of the city west of 9th street.”
Neace has named Cezary Wlodarczyk president of Falls City Brewing Co. Wlodarczyk has extensive experience in the beverage alcohol business, including international marketing, sales and general management leadership roles with Brown-Forman, Nolet Spirits and Diageo. Past experience also includes leadership roles with Snapple and Procter & Gamble.