Board approves restaurant plan at former golf course

A new restaurant, event space and brewery is being planned for County Road 550S in Bartholomew County.

812 Farms LLC filed with the city of Columbus to operate the new facility at the 147-acre site of the former Oak Knoll Golf Course.

In filings with the city, the company says it will use existing buildings on the property and the applicants intend to utilize the hops that are currently grown on the property for the brewery. They are planning for a restaurant that will seat up to 60 people and an event space that could accommodate up to 150 people. Initially the facility would be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals voted this week to allow conditional use of the property  at 1705 W. County Road 550 South in Wayne Township for the agri-business facility. While outside of city limits, it falls under the Columbus’ two-mile zoning jurisdiction.

While board members expressed some concerns about traffic flow in the area, the request was granted. The facility must still gain state approval.