“It’s just icing on the cake,” Brandi added.
The Ronaus aren’t the only ones looking forward to the business opening its doors.
“We’re excited,” said Jay Ellis, executive director of Jeffersonville. “They’re going to be a great addition to the business community. We’re seeing a lot more interest because of the buzz from the Big Four Bridge.”
Kopp added that several other restaurants have expressed interest in locating in the historic district. While one is still in the discussion stage, Kopp said another restaurant, The Olive Leaf Bistro, plans to locate in the former Brad Sprigler Designs Building at 130 Riverside Dr.
The restaurant would use 2,800 square feet of space and include outdoor seating. However, Kopp added the deal is contingent upon the business receiving their liquor license. An answer is expected in early June.
WHERE THE BEER FLOWS LIKE WINE
The Ronaus are working through some of the permitting to allow them to brew on site, and if the permits have still not been received in August, Brandi said the plan is to open with a selection of local guest beers on tap.
Paul’s plan is to have at least three regular beers brewing at Red Yeti. One is an India Pale Ale called HopIPAtamus, a hoppy red ale called Yeti Reddy, and a stout that has yet to be named, according to the business’ Facebook page .
The beer itself will bring a little of the California-style to their brews.
“The beer is good here, but it’s not the same,” Paul said. “Out there they are just hop forward and crazy bitter beers that are loaded with aroma. I wanted to bring the west-coast scene, and if I did it in the west coast, I would kind of just be muted.”
What will not be coming along with the couple from California is a west-coast inspired menu.
Both said the menu is still being determined and the Ronaus are looking for a local chef that wants to stay in their hometown and make something good here.
“Everyone loves beer,” Paul said. “I think everybody who eats food loves beer because it’s a nice pairing. It’s like wine.”