Blackjack Brewing Co. is leaving Raleigh and moving its operations to Wilmington.
Blackjack’s space near the Five Points area won’t be empty for long, though. Lynnwood Grill and Brewing Concern plans to take over the space as a brewery and taphouse, according to online posts from both companies.
Blackjack will be open until Sept. 30, owner Edward Wenda wrote on the brewery’s website. Wenda could not be reached Tuesday.
Wenda was a dentist before getting into brewing, and he and his wife recently had twins. He wrote that he needed to scale down the brewery and get back into dentistry. He was offered a job in Wilmington and decided to move both his family and his pirate-themed brewery there.
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“I mean where better to have a pirate brewery than at the coast,” Wenda wrote in the farewell note. “So that was our decision, to not end Blackjack but to mold it to what could work with our growing family.”
Within days of BlackJack’s move, Lynnwood Grill owner Ted Dwyer plans to close on the property and reopen to the public by the end of October.
The restaurant in northwest Raleigh, off of Glenwood Avenue, opened in 2004 and began brewing its own beer in 2013, under the name Lynnwood Brewing Concern.
The company wrote that the expansion to the current Blackjack location, at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, will begin in October and will give Lynnwood Brewing the space to ramp up its beer production by 200 percent.
Whereas Lynwood’s existing location is more of a restaurant, this new space will be more of a brewery.
“We look forward to offering patrons a tasting room, an outdoor beer garden, and some outstanding beers,” the company wrote. “The new facility will have a regular rotation of food trucks and plans for more dining options in the future.”
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