A tap room offering a wide array of craft beers hopes to capitalize on the prime location of The Frequency off Capitol Square after the owners of the concert venue announced earlier this month that it would close at the end of June, according to city documents.
Jason Hajdik and Brandon Dorman, directors of Friendships Are The Best Ships Inc., submitted an alcohol license application to the city to open BarleyPop Live at 121 W. Main St., the current location of The Frequency. They plan to open Sept. 1, according to the application.
BarleyPop Live would offer a large selection of high-end beers on tap with a backroom stage and seating area for music performances, according to the application. Some packaged products would also be sold for patrons to take home.
BarleyPop Live wouldn’t be Hajdik’s and Dorman’s first endeavor into the draft beer world. They opened BarleyPop Tap & Shop at 2045 Atwood Ave. with the same premise early last year.
Hajdik did not immediately respond to messages for comment Friday evening.
Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, who represents a large swath of Downtown, said he doesn’t expect the tap room will be controversial since it would be replacing a location that sold alcohol and presented concerts. Also, BarleyPop Live is seeking a license for just beer and wine rather than a full liquor license, according to the application.
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“I believe they’ll be a good addition to the neighborhood,” Verveer said.
Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed moratorium on alcohol licenses in areas of Downtown with high density and police call rates would not affect the application because the proposal does not include West Main Street.
The Frequency announced on its Facebook page April 17 that all shows through the end of June are still scheduled to happen, but future booking has been suspended.
BarleyPop Live would continue to present concerts at the small venue, though only three to five a month, according to the application.
“The most exciting aspect to me is their interest in continuing the live music tradition there,” Verveer said.