There are all sorts of ways to make a basement awesome, none of which involve moving it to 1a and/or replacing Big Tigger with J-Nicks. Doing much better with a fancy basement of beer, Wrecking Bar Brewpub, opening on Father's Day.
Set up beneath an early 20thC Victorian house by a homebrewing couple, Wrecking Bar's an artisanal meal-serving rathskeller that looks like a happily drinky dungeon thanks to solid granite columns, custom birch wall panels, a hard pine bartop featuring a logo-engraved glass sheet, and a brick-floored, cushy leather-couched lounge dubbed the Coal Room, which is quite the anthra-sight to behold. Beers're prepared in-house (by a brewmaster formerly of Max Lager's), and stored in casks past the private 20-seat "Cellar" and behind a wrought-iron gate; they're starting with four drafts, namely the Jemmy stout, Belgina wheat, Red Monkey IPA, and a golden ale they're calling Golden Nelson, which is also notable for being R. Kelly's signature headlock maneuver. Keep your sudsy resolve by munching on stout-steamed Maine mussels, a house-ground Brasstown Beef cheeseburger w/ smoked bacon, pulled NC pork butt sammies, pan-seared Copper River salmon, or stout-braised boneless short ribs w/ green chili grits, which're what you call girls raised in the south when they move to Alaska and get really into sustainable materials.
They'll eventually have all 12 taps flowing, but'll rotate four daily until then, and'll also be adding beer-based sauces to the menu. Around autumn, The Marianna will open upstairs as an events space for everything from art shows to fundraisers, although you shouldn't expect to see J-Nicks up there, because Mom always makes him stay downstairs. Plus, nobody likes him.