The Oasis’ opening postponed

November 14, 2018

The Oasis is one step closer to opening its doors, but not as soon as once thought.

Co-owner Paul Wunderlich on Tuesday told The Columbus Telegram that despite previous plans to open around Thanksgiving, which is next week, that has changed due to construction needs.

“I think it’s going really good. We’ve been working on pretty much everything,” he said, noting the heaters have been installed, electricians have been there and drywall installation is underway.

The co-owner said the building and fire inspectors have been onsite to examine the progress being made, and that the delayed grand opening is just about making sure everything is in order.

“We’re trying to make sure everything is done right. We’ve got to get everything done right so it passes all the inspections,” he said. “Things are getting done, but sometimes I wish they would happen a little faster.”

Wunderlich said he and co-owner Scott Chaphe have a new target date for around Christmas, though he stressed that might be even premature. He said there is the possibility it may be after New Year’s Day.

The lounge, which recently relocated downtown to 1264 27th Ave., had a new awning recently installed outside. As previously reported by The Columbus Telegram, owners Oasis co-owners Scott Chaphe and Paul Wunderlich bought the building after the structure that housed its previous location on 23rd Street had been sold to developers and was demolished to make room for a new Sonic Drive-In that is expected to open in January.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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