Renovations have begun to add a beer and wine taproom to the restaurants occupying the almost century-old former Harold’s department store building.
The building, at 350 W. 19th St., houses Harold’s in the Heights, a Southern restaurant, and Alli’s Pizzeria.
When upgrades are complete, owner Alli Jarrett said, the updated design will transform a rectangular, 1,300-square-foot “shotgun section” of the building into a room with a long bar featuring standing room, a small seating area and indoor-outdoor seating.
The taproom will offer eight craft beers on tap, as well as taps for eight wines.
The changes also create new access to the building.
“This will allow us an entrance from 19th Street and allow us to be seen,” Jarrett said.
The permits were received about one week ago. Jarrett said the updates result evolving its concept to keep up with neighborhood tastes and customer suggestions.
The target opening date is this summer — construction permitting — as workers build while preserving the historic building’s integrity.
Construction won’t affect the hours of operation for Harold’s or Alli’s Pizzeria, Jarrett said.