Platform Beer Co. to create permanent beer garden at The Lot in Ohio City

Platform Beer Co. has plans to spruce up its pandemic-inspired beer garden on Lorain Avenue and make it a permanent fixture of the local beer scene by adding seating, restrooms, a bar area and a space to sell merchandise.


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Platform Beer Co. has plans to spruce up its pandemic-inspired beer garden on Lorain Avenue and make it a permanent fixture of the local beer scene by adding seating, restrooms, a bar area and a space to sell merchandise. 

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission met virtually on March 11 and discussed plans for the beer garden at 4157 Lorain Avenue. Matt Orehek, marketing manager for LDA Architects, presented the project to the commission which called for renovations, landscaping, site improvements and signage installation at The Lot Beer Garden. 

The Lot debuted in July 2020 as a safe, outdoor space for patrons to enjoy good beer and good company while adhering to Covid-19 safety guidelines. The Lot is made up of a single story building and themed shipping containers patrons can gather in during the pandemic such as The Lodge, Coral Room and Mod, all aimed at offering different surroundings and experiences to guests, according to Platform.

The Lot is just that — a lot. Orehek said it was a former auto repair site that has been vacant for quite some time. There is a single-story car maintenance building on the lot that is in need of renovation, as well. Orehek presented a plan for the building which would include adding seating, restrooms, a bar area and a space to sell merchandise. 


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The hope is for the beer garden to become a permanent installation, rather than just a temporary feature during the pandemic. 

“We’re doing various site landscaping upgrades consisting of plantings, planting containers, fencing, everything necessary to make it an inviting environment for people walking by, as well as visitors,” Orehek said.

The commission deliberated in detail about the placement of a curb cut, signage, greenery and various plants as well as the overall building plans to ensure renovations at The Lot are compliant with the Urban Overlay (UO), which aims to maintain Lorain Avenue as a historic street, as well as maintain The Lot’s attractiveness throughout the year. 

Platform, which was bought by Anheuser-Busch In Bev in 2019, has found itself caught in controversy recently, as employees at its Columbus taproom walked out over concerns about unsafe conditions. Platform responded by promising better communication in the future. They also announced March 4 they were closing for six days to give their employees a “well deserved break.”

Ultimately, the commission made a motion, which passed unanimously, to approve the plans as presented with the following conditions: removal of a curb cut on Lorain Avenue, the addition of more planters on Lorain Avenue and West 42nd Street, the relocation of one of the shipping containers on West 42nd Street to allow more tables along the street and signage revisions on the west side of the building.

This story has been updated with information about Platform’s labor dispute.

Maria McGinnis is a senior journalism major at Kent State University and an intern with The Land.

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