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The grand opening of Avon Brewing Company Presents ZZ's Big Top is Saturday morning. Co-owner Mathias Hauck says it's first come-first serve and encourages customers to bring their lawn chairs so they can socially distance around the one acre outdoor site while enjoying a beer.

The southwest corner of Jaycox and Detroit Roads will be buzzing with activity come Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when the owners of Avon Brewing Company hold a grand opening for Avon Brewing Company Presents ZZ's Big Top, 35015 Detroit Road.

Co-owner Mathias Hauck says it will be first come, first serve for one of the nearly 100 socially distanced seats inside the bar or outside on its newly poured concrete patio. He urged people to bring a lawn chair because they have about an acre of green space that will allow many to remain socially distanced. People are also required to wear masks as they enter, go to the restroom or leave. Once seated, the mask can be removed “to enjoy some tasty food and beer,” he said.

Hauck was running drills with Avon Middle School's football team when reached by phone Monday morning. Between sentences describing changes customers will see, he'd give instructions to the 7th graders, which include his twin sons. “Five behind them. Line up real quick”

“We kept the dive bar look,” he said, explaining they retained the same interior layout, bar and pay phone. “Everything else is refurbished, but meant to keep the dive bar look.” He added the kitchen is brand new and they installed a garage door leading out to the patio.

The 30-by-30 foot concrete patio is new. He was expecting it to be poured either Monday or Tuesday. The outdoor addition was approved two weeks ago by Avon City Council.

Meanwhile, it was time to guide the team through jump squats. “Five, five, five. Let's go. Quickly. Jump squats.”

“Thirty reps in, squat down, chest up, explode up high as you can over and over,” he tells the kids before responding to a question about how long he has helped with Avon football. Four years, he replied.

Where does he find the time? “It's Avon, man, we're all together.”

So are his family-owned businesses — the very successful Avon Brewing Company a bit further down Detroit Road at the intersection of Route 611, a pub and tasting room called Medina Brewing Company and now ABC presents ZZ's Big Top, a nod to the former owner who made ZZ's known for its wings.

Mathias said they will be serving their award-winning wings. “Best in Lorain County, Best of the West,” he said, in reference to two popular contests run under the auspices of Cleveland Magazine and its affiliates where the public votes for its favorites in various geographic areas.

They will serve wings with some of the sauces the former ZZ's made popular, including “Bangarang,” “Garlic Parm” and “Cajon Mesquite.”

They will also serve fresh pork rinds, Mathias added, laughing at the suggestion it was bar food, and adding, “They can be quite upscale.”

Speaking of all together, Hauck isn't shy talking about his family business. His partners are his father and brother in-law, Brian and Ken Weaver. “Brian is the chef,” Hauck explains.

His wife of 18 years, Beth, handles paperwork, organizes private parties at their places and works with hostesses, making it a true family affair.

Hauck and the Weavers purchased the building originally built in 1945 last year.

While admitting he was sleep deprived these days, he said, “We're just excited to bring back a staple in this community; to reinvent an old Avon establishment. Come enjoy the day.”

ABC Presents ZZ's Big Top will be open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to midnight for now, Hauck said.

Contact freelance reporter Michele Murphy at avonlakemurphy@gmail.com.

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