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Boylan Bridge Brewpub closed indefinitely after wall collapse

Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh, N.C. was closed Thursday, February 11, 2016. The brewpub will be closed until further notice after one of its basement walls collapsed on Wednesday, owner Andrew Leager says.
Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh, N.C. was closed Thursday, February 11, 2016. The brewpub will be closed until further notice after one of its basement walls collapsed on Wednesday, owner Andrew Leager says. ehyman@newsobserver.com

One of the most iconic outdoor dining spots in Raleigh has been shut down indefinitely.

The Boylan Bridge Brewpub – a popular restaurant and brewery known for its outdoor patio that offers a clear view of the downtown skyline – is closed until further notice after one of its basement walls collapsed Wednesday, owner Andrew Leager says. A leak in the pub’s sprinkler line caused water to pool over time and then break through the wall, he said.

“I heard some grumbling, thundering noise ... and then the bottom half of the wall opened up,” he said.

Yellow caution tape encircled the property Thursday – from the building’s Boylan Avenue entrance around the corner and down the Hargett Street sidewalk. Clay-colored water covered the basement floor.

The wall was load-bearing and cracked all the way up to the patio above, said Bryan Robinson, Raleigh’s chief building inspector. So it could be a while before the patio is safe to dine on again.

“The columns (holding up the patio) are bent under the weight of everything. The deck itself is gonna need some bracing,” Robinson said.

The brewpub’s building was unharmed, and Leager said he wants to open it back up immediately.

“The water’s good. The gas is good. The electricity is good,” he said.

But it’s considered unsafe until a structural engineer tells city inspectors otherwise, Robinson said.

The brewpub opened on Feb. 27 2009. Leager hopes he can open in time to celebrate its 7th birthday with burgers that are $2 off.

The building was built in 1950 and remodeled in 2007, according to Wake County real estate records. The county recently valued the property at $1.07 million, up from $566,000 in 2008 during the last county assessment.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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