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Durham’s Hope Valley Brewing Co. to open in former City Beverage space

Hope Valley Brewing Co., a new brewpub, will soon take over the former City Beverage space in south Durham.

City Beverage closed Feb. 28; a related business allegedly owes close to $1 million in federal and state taxes, according to tax liens and other recent court filings. The restaurant was at 4810 Hope Valley Road, Suite 105, across from the Woodcroft Shopping Center.

The brewpub is the brainchild of Andrew Christenbury, the former head brewer at Durham’s G2B and currently one of the bartenders at Bar Virgile in downtown Durham. Christenbury has partnered with Peter Michaels and Brad Strode to revamp and reimagine the City Beverage space. Michaels is the creator of Shiftzen, a restaurant scheduling software, and Strode is partners with Michaels in the consulting firm, BC Solutions, Inc.

Christenbury hopes for a quick turnaround and plans to open Hope Valley Brewing Co. by St. Patrick’s Day. “We will be open seven days a week with brunch service on Saturday and Sunday,” Christenbury said.

He plans to have a whole new menu, but may keep some City Beverage favorites. “Customers love the tacos, so we may have a daily taco special,” Christenbury said. He also hopes to keep some of City Beverage’s kitchen staff to help ease the transition.

Once the restaurant and pub are up and running, Christenbury plans to build the brewery in the neighboring Lava Lounge space. He was instrumental in getting G2B’s brewery started and plans to offer a range of craft ales under the Hope Valley Brewing Co.’s label. The pub will also carry a wide selection of craft beers from across North Carolina and the world.

A website and operating hours are forthcoming, but for more information on the project you can e-mail Christenbury at achristenbury22@hotmail.com.

Matt Lardie is a Durham-based food and travel writer. He writes the Eat Write Go blog: eatwritego.com. Reach him at matt@eatwritego.com

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