On the same block of Jackson between 6th and 7th Street sat the aforementioned Booth-Grunendike Mansion. Court and Karen opted to acquire the Booth-Grunendike property and save the Lindsey house for a later phase of the Conn's Jackson Street project. This historic property built around 1870 was the family residence of Amasa Booth who owned a successful wagon and carriage business that he inherited from his father. Amasa purchased the home in 1881, and Booth's daughter, Mary Grunendike, lived in the house until her death in 1965 at the age of 102. The Grunendike Mansion had served as office space for many years but had recently been neglected and needed attention.
The Conn family worked with architects, contractors, and city officials for many months starting in September 2011 to renovate the mansion and adjoining carriage house into the brewery. Their goal was a February 12, 2012 opening of Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery and eatery. This date was significant because it was Abe Lincoln’s birthday. And yew… they made it! The microbrewery has since exceeded all expectations. Casey Conn manages the restaurant microbrewery with brother, Adam, serving as brew master.
The menu for Obed and Isaac's was developed through thoughtful research by all members of the family through travel around the United States. Some old family recipes grace the menu like Papa Conn's famous chili. No element or detail was instituted without much contemplation. The family’s philosophy toward all of their businesses begins with attention to detail and excellence in service.