For three bars — Japp’s Since 1879, Myrtle’s Punch House and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar — ownership is being tweaked.
Molly Wellmann — the name behind Wellmann’s Brands and mixologist extraordinaire — announced in a press release this week that “her and her former business partners have reached deals to separate ownership of their bars” as of June 1, 2018.
Wellmann took full ownership of Japp’s and Myrtle's Punch House, while former Wellmann's Brands co-owner and attorney Jeff Brandt, along with his law practice partner Matt Robinson, now own the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, located in Covington’s MainStrasse. The group sold Northside's Melt Eclectic Cafe, which it obtained in 2016, earlier this year.
Wellmann says she is excited to be back in her element.
“I am very excited for the future at Japp’s and Myrtle's and turning a new chapter," she said in the release. "I look forward to focusing on what I do best, which is serving great drinks and telling the stories behind them."
She added, "I wish my former partners well in all their endeavors."
Brandt describes the bars as being “like family” during their joint ownership. Though they’ve separated, he says the bars continue to be close and have a friendly relationship.
“While we are no longer officially under the same company, I can’t imagine us not visiting the other locations,” he says.