Buckeye Bourbon House (Columbus, OH)
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Buckeye Bourbon House at Residence Inn

Columbus, OH


The project is located within the historic Buckeye Building in downtown Columbus. The building formerly served as the main banking headquarters for the Buckeye State Building and Loan Company (Buckeye Federal Savings and Loan Association) until 1990. The building was purchased by Concord Hospitality in 2004 and converted to a Residence Inn hotel.


In 2016, Westwood Contractors was hired to provide general contracting services for the addition of the Buckeye Bourbon House – a new business opportunity designed to attract hotel guests and non-hotel guests alike. The project involved remodeling an area on the ground floor within the existing hotel space to incorporate a new 4,830 GSF high-end restaurant/bar concept with total seating capacity for 60 customers. The completed space includes a main bar/dining area with two shuffleboards, and a lounge area separated by a new low partition wall. The focal point of the entire space is a grand backbar measuring 21 feet tall by 36 feet long, constructed of dark rich wood with detailed millwork, inset lighting, mirrors, glass shelves, bourbon-themed graphics, and flat screen TVs, all of which work together to highlight the wide selection of bourbon available. A custom wood counter at the bar provides ample seating for 12 patrons. The back of house includes a commercial kitchen equipped for preparing a limited menu of small plate items, walk-in dry storage, and walk-in cooler. A manager’s office and new men’s and women’s restrooms were also added.


Our scope of work included interior demolition, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, fixture installation, millwork, doors frames & hardware, windows/glass/glazing, drywall/framing/acoustical, ceramic/stone flooring, resilient flooring/base, carpeting, painting & wallcovering, fire sprinklers, plumbing, mechanical/HVAC, air balance, electrical, and fire alarm.


Due to the unique historic nature of this project, we encountered several challenges during construction.  The Buckeye Bourbon House is an excellent example of how teamwork, adaptability, and communication are critical to a project’s success. For more details regarding this project, please view the case study posted on our blog page:  CASE STUDY:  Buckeye Bourbon House