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July 12, 2018                                                                                                       Sarah Irvin Clark, 614-296-4057

Kollektiv converts former German Village Max & Erma’s
location into community workspace and pub

(Columbus) – Plans were announced today to transform the iconic Max & Erma’s building – once the town hall of German Village – to a modern-day town hall, a coworking venue and neighborhood bar called Kollektiv.

Kollektiv, set to open this Fall, is designed to establish a sense of community for professionals, whether they are independent contractors, telecommuters or small businesses. Kollektiv is repurposing the Max & Erma’s building to host table spaces, booths, offices and conference rooms for short-term or long-term tenants.

With the slogan “A neighborhood gathering place,” the original Max & Erma’s Restaurant in German Village was established in 1958 and served as a local watering hole and meeting spot for the village residents until its closing in 2017. True to the roots of the building, Kollektiv will open as a pub to the community every night.

Kollektiv will offer its members a set place to come and do their work, with all the necessary amenities and tools – wifi, endless coffee, etc.,” said co-founder Katie Murray. “We have found that coworking environments – roughly structured like a conventional office but decidedly more relaxed and less formal – inspire creativity and productivity that many of these independent contractors don’t find in an isolated environment.”

Coworking members will be able to plug their laptop in and take a seat at a communal table, or work in a booth area on the first floor. For a more structured environment, office and suites are available for lease. Kollektiv will offer workspace on flexible, month-to-month rates as well as longer-term agreements.

Construction on the building at 739 S. Third Street will begin this summer with a grand opening date planned for Fall 2018. More details, including a website, will be made available in the near future.