The owners of the Cleveland Draft House are bringing a similar restaurant to Clayton.
The restaurant and sports bar, with 70 beers on tap, will be at the intersection of Shotwell Road and U.S. 70 Business near Pep Boys.
“I love their fried pickles,” said Mayor Jody McLeod. “Many folks have been traveling to the 40/42 location, and with a location here, it’ll help keep those tax dollars in Johnston County.”
Tom Kane is one of the owners of the Cleveland Draft House. He said the Clayton restaurant would likely open next spring.
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Kane said he and his business partners had been talking with town leaders for several years about bringing a restaurant to town.
“We have been working on this particular piece of property for six years,” Kane said. “It’s an excellent piece of property because of the traffic and the growth in Clayton.”
The Cleveland community eatery is half-dining room, half-bar, with the two functions on separate sides of the building.
“We operate them like two businesses under one roof,” Kane said.
The bar area in the Cleveland restaurant has dining tables, multiple televisions, pool tables and a 40-foot bar with 42 beers on tap.
In Clayton, the owners plan a 42-foot bar with 70 draft beers, many of them from North Carolina breweries, including Deep River Brewing Co. on Clayton’s West Main Street.
Paul Auclair, owner of Deep River Brewing, said his brewery’s beers are available at the Cleveland restaurant.
“Since we’re only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays, people have to go to other bars and restaurants to buy our beer, and it’s good they’ll be offering it,” said Auclair.
As a local brewer, Auclair said, he supports what Kane and his two business partners are doing in Johnston County. “They’re all about promoting local, so that’s good.”
The Clayton restaurant also plans to sell beer form Carolina Brewery in Holly Springs.
The town planning department is working with the owners to finalize the layout for the Clayton site In all, the building will be more than 10,000 square feet with a patio. It will include a private dining room for parties, office gatherings and the like..
Finally, the owners plan six pool tables, live bands on Fridays and possibly karaoke on Saturdays.
“Even in a tough economy, it shows that Clayton’s a great place to invest,” said McLeod said.