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Jax Daily Record Friday, Dec. 21, 201811:03 AM EST

The Mathis Report: Dahlia’s still open as Brewz deal falls through

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Owner of the Riverside neighborhood beer establishment says the business still is for sale.

Andrea Koralewski wants customers to know that she continues to own Dahlia’s Pour House in Riverside and that it continues to operate its 52 taps.

A prospective deal to sell the property and business at 2695 Post St. didn’t happen.

“We could not come to terms,” said Brian Slucker, who considered buying the property and converting it to the Brewz concept that includes TVs and wine taps. Brewz operates in Bartram Park and Atlantic Beach. 

However, the property remains for sale.

“We are looking to sell the building and debating what to do with the business, depending on who the buyer is,” Koralewski said.

Koralewski, 33, said she moved to Northeast Florida 12 years ago from Buffalo, New York, and taught sixth-grade math and science in Clay County for five years and then opened Dahlia’s, which employs five people. It’s a beer and wine bar and does not offer food service.

She said she used the last name Dahlia as a teacher. “It is a beautiful flower of Mexico and I felt it fit perfectly for the beer bar,” she said.

Koralewski said only Bold City Brewing and Intuition Ale Works were open at the time, “so I decided to open a beer bar.”

The beer environment has changed and brewers, taprooms and other beer establishments have joined the scene.

She said she also previously co-owned Northstar The Pizza Bar Downtown, which closed in 2015, and Magnolia’s restaurant in Murray Hill, which she opened in 2016 and then sold. It no longer operates.

She intends to move to the West Coast and might stay in the beer and wine scene.

Koralewski said she has a master’s degree in educational leadership and might return to teaching.

“I want to see what else there is in life,” she said. “I always worked really hard so I’m really kind of ready to chill.”

Koralewski said she loves the atmosphere in the Riverside area. 

“We’ve always been a community neighborhood bar,” she said. She said she will post updates on the Dahlia’s Pour House Facebook page.

Prime Realty is marketing the property at $550,000 with an option to buy the existing bar equipment.

“This is a hip part of town with a young population,” Prime Realty says in its marketing brochure. “Riverside is a bohemian neighborhood with funky coffee shops, outdoor cafes, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightclubs, antique stores, and more.”

It says Dahlia’s has been a neighborhood staple for six years. The 2,440-square-foot building was developed in 1927.

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