For months, construction crews have been working to transform a former carpet distribution center into an “upscale but easy-going” brewery that will contribute to downtown Cary’s revitalization.
The owners of Bond Brothers Beer Company say they expect to open their first brewery at the end of February.
When complete, the space off East Chatham Street will have a 4,600-square-foot brewing area; a 2,300-square-foot tap room; and 3,000 square feet of outdoor space for the beer garden.
A set of two roll-up industrial-style glass doors will remain open as much as possible, allowing customers to move freely between the brewery and the beer garden.
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And next door in an adjoining building, a new restaurant will serve food that “pairs very well with beer,” said Jay Bond, co-owner of Bond Brothers Beer Company. The name of the restaurant hasn’t been announced.
Bond owns the brewery with twin brother Jeremy Bond, Andy Schnitzer and Whit Baker.
The brewery space at 202 E. Cedar St., is part of Northwoods Associates LP’s plan to renovate Midtown Square Shopping Center, a longstanding retail center that includes the brewery space. They also plan to build a 25,000-square-foot, three-story office/retail space in the space formerly occupied by a florist shop. The new space will be called Midtown Square.
Renovations to the Midtown Square Shopping Center are expected to be completed in the spring with the office/retail space next door to be completed by the fall. Current shopping center tenants – Brentwood Carpets, Capital Vacuum Floor-Care World and Just Tires – will not be displaced by the renovations.
The restaurant will go in the spot that housed Dorry’s Downtown Deli, which closed in the summer of 2014. Jordan Gussenhoven, owner of Chatham Street Commercial, said he hopes to make an announcement soon on a new restaurant. Chatham Street Commercial is half of the Northwoods Associates partnership developing the project.
“We couldn’t have picked a better tenant to go there,” Schnitzer said.
There also will be food trucks on site regularly because the brewery won’t serve food, he said.
The official grand opening is scheduled for April 2 to kick off North Carolina Beer Month, but Schnitzer and his partners are ready to begin pouring their award-winning beer.
The brewery will be open noon to 10 p.m. on weekdays and noon to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, but Schnitzer said the hours are tentative.
“We’re trying to be part of the new downtown vibe, and you are going to stay open if people are out,” he said.
Beer will be served only inside the tap room before the official grand opening celebration. During that time, the beer garden area will be ripped up to allow for utility installation needed for the next-door office/retail building.
The entire project previously was estimated to cost about $5 million but it may be higher, Gussenhoven said. George H. Jordan III Development Co., owned by Gussenhoven’s uncle, George Jordan, is the other partner in the project.
The Town of Cary also anticipates beginning construction of the Cedar Street public parking lot in late winter or early spring. The 29-space lot, located a quarter mile east of the intersection of Academy and Chatham streets, will be completed in late spring.
Schnitzer said the entire Midtown Square project, in conjunction with other nearby projects and town investments, will continue to transform downtown into a walkable environment that people want to visit.
“This project I feel is going to really kick-start the Chatham Street revitalization,” he said. “It’s going to be kind of the entry way into the downtown area.
“In Apex, Fuquay-Varina, a lot of people are walking around on weekends,” he said. “I think that’s ultimately what we are going to see here. It’s already started, but I feel like it has definitely picked up a lot of momentum.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon