Sahm's to open tavern in historic Gibson Building

May 7, 2010
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Gibson BuildingHomegrown restaurant chain Sahm's plans to open a new tavern and restaurant in downtown's Gibson Building. Sahm's Tavern will take about 3,600 square feet on the first-floor southeast corner of the 1916 building, which has OneAmerica and ExactTarget as its anchor office tenants. Meanwhile, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bank is taking the first-floor southwest corner. A large space fronting Michigan Street still is available. OneAmerica spent more than $10 million renovating the former car manufacturing facility southeast of Capital Avenue and Michigan Street. The Sahm's plans call for a 60-seat tavern and 50-seat cafe with outdoor seating on both sides, said Ed Sahm, CEO of Sahm's Companies. It is scheduled to open in August. Building out the space will cost about $500,000. Sahm's earlier this year opened a new restaurant and catering facility about a block away, in the 38-story OneAmerica Tower. Sahm's at The Tower has more than 300 seats and replaced an old location on the second floor of M&I Plaza. An earlier post on the Gibson Building is here.

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  • YES!!!!!!!
    Thank god something is finally moving in there. I was still holding out hope for a grocery/convenience store, but I'll take any use at this point.

    I'm ecstatic about the slow growth of restaurants in the canal neighborhood neighborhood. Five years ago there was Bourbon St, The Loading Dock and.....nothing. Now we've got Creation Cafe, Euphoria, Bearcats, Zing, Mo'Joe, Sahm's, The Left Bank, and hopefully something soon in the Cosmo.
  • When?
    Any word on when Sahm's will be opening the new location?
  • Responding to Barb
    It is scheduled to open in August. Added to the post!
  • New Tenant in M&I Space?
    Any word on what's going into Sahm's old space in M&I Plaza?
  • Kind of surprised there is enough life around there to support a tavern. Must be hoping for a lot of neighborhood support
  • Odd
    I agree with Indyman......I think the reason nothing has opened in that location is due to the fact that it's surrounded by a sea of surface parking lots!
  • Location
    Indyman -- as long as Sahm's is putting out a good product, location should not be an issue. Bourbon St. is one block away and does just fine, even without a dedicated parking lot, which Sahm's will have.

    OneAmerica always planned for a portion of the lot around the Gibson Building to be available for retail uses on the ground floor. That's one reason why I'm surprised that there hasn't been more interest in that location.
  • One Step
    It is very disturbing how much surface parking there is in that area, but it is true that Bourbon St. does well. I'm hoping this works out. That is such an empty area.
  • Sahms food sinking
    I used to eat at sahms original location on the northside. The quality of meals and prices have tanked recently. That usually happens when family business over expand.

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