Charlotte City Council on Tuesday approved a new development that will bring a brewery and beer garden to South End, modifying an existing building in a fast-growing part of town.
The plan covers the building and parking lot at South Boulevard and East Kingston Avenue, a block from the Blue Line light rail. The 19,000 square-foot building would be repurposed with features including a speakeasy-style basement and a large outdoor seating area.
The developers, ABW Charlotte, are affiliated with Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing Company, which recently opened a new restaurant and brewery on Atlanta’s Beltline trail.
“The (developer) intends to incorporate a speak-easy basement, barrel and foeder aging, and upscale bier garten,” the developers said at a November community meeting. “The Petitioner intends to transform the outdoor bier garten area to include communal seating, water features, fire pits, stonework and landscaping to create an inviting space.”
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The main restaurant would total 14,000 square feet, while the patio would total 10,700 square feet of outdoor space. ABW Charlotte bought the site in 2017 for just under $5 million, property records show.
“We want to be local,” the developers said in their community presentation. “We will not sell our beers in states where we do not have a local presence in targeted key