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Brennan’s CWE spot reopening for outdoor service and Midtown location opening retail shop in early May

As Brennan’s works to recover from a devastating fire suffered at its new home in the Central West End (316 N. Euclid Ave.) in December of last year, owner Kevin Brennan has revealed some developments that are sure to hold over fans eager to experience the new space.  

First, Brennan’s will open for outdoor service on May 7 to participate in the Central West End's open-air dining initiative started last summer due to the pandemic; there, “streateries” open along and in Euclid Avenue on weekends in order to allow more space for businesses looking to provide safe, socially distant environments for patrons. “It’ll be Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight,” Brennan said. “Wines by the glass, a large amount of liquors and some specialty cocktails. A bit of an abridged menu.” He added that there will be some snack plates as well.  

Although outdoor seating will soon be available, Brennan said he’s still rebuilding the interior and waiting to announce an opening date. “They’re working on the space, and it’s coming along pretty good,” he explained. “If we wait, we’re going to open the whole thing at once. I’m hoping we can hold out, because that will give us our kitchen back and allow us to fully operate. If we only have half the space, you don’t really have the full experience.” 

Over at Brennan’s Work & Leisure (3015 Locust St.) in Midtown, his other spot, a new retail store will join the existing cafe and event space. “We’re opening a Booze & Snacks and retail store in the garage part of Work & Leisure,” Brennan said. “You can have some cocktails made for you – if you want a Blanton’s Manhattan, they’ll make it while you wait.” He said they’ll have signature retail bottles, a nice selection of wine and other products. In his words, “a little bit of everything.” That space will likely go live sometime next week and will operate from from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.