T-? and holding
Six months is a long time for us to be silent, and for that we apologize. Some of you have contacted us through social media, and this last weekend we had the pleasure of chatting with some of you in person while attending the Winter Warmer at Lafayette Brew Co. The general topic: When the hell are you going to open and why no updates?
The reason for that silence? In this case it’s no news is bad news. 2018 was pretty rough on us. After spending much of the year working to get the Parkside location rezoned, parking variances, and raising funds to afford our down payment, we have unfortunately lost the Parkside building.
The main issue was, after all the previous issues we had getting our bank to embrace the concept of the vegetarian brewpub, the powers that be chose to provide us with a loan to buy the building, but would not provide a loan for the expansion and equipment needed to house the brewery portion. Additionally, one of the final steps in the process was an appraisal, which came back far lower than we needed in order to proceed with the purchase. While we possibly could have moved forward with renting the space rather than buying, it would have taken us several years to afford to build on the brewery. Making delicious vegetarian food for all of you is good, however our main mission is to brew beer, making the Parkside building no longer an option.
So we licked our wounds, and we sat. Quiet. Mourning.
We provide this update, not as a big announcement of what is to come, but as an announcement that we are still here and we are still moving forward. We just don’t have any solid timeline.
For the last couple of months, we have been negotiating with a couple of potential properties, but the process is quite slow and we do not have a timeline for when we will know where our home will be.
When we finally get a location secured, after some much needed celebratory beers, we will make an announcement to the world. We’ll have so many updates when we are working to open that you’ll pine for the days this last six months when we were silent.
As NASA flight director Gene Kranz said: “Failure is not an option”