What's In Store

A popular brewery is expanding into NoDa

Wooden Robot will open a 7,500 square-foot location in NoDa in early 2019.
Wooden Robot will open a 7,500 square-foot location in NoDa in early 2019. Courtesy of Asana Partners

Wooden Robot will open a 7,500 square-foot brewery in NoDa in a newly constructed building at 36th Street and the Blue Line light rail extension.

The new Wooden Robot will include 3,000 square-foot ground-floor patio and a 3,000 square-foot rooftop beer garden, according to a statement from the brewery. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

A lease on the space was signed this week, according to Sam Judd of Asana Partners, the firm developing the site. Construction on the building started a few weeks ago and is expected to wrap up this year.

Like its South End location, the NoDa Wooden Robot will serve food. The brewery will continue to operate in South End, where it recently wrapped up an expansion of its kitchen and gastropub that serve beer-infused brunch, lunch and dinner dishes.

"Wooden Robot plans to engage with local (NoDa) artists to bring a unique aesthetic and atmosphere to the new space, as well as a focus on community events," the company said in a statement.

Crescent Communities originally developed the site the new brewery will be in as part of its new Novel NoDa apartment community, which opened last year. Crescent sold the the 0.9-acre site to Asana Partners for $1.9 million in February. The 9-mile light rail extension from uptown to University City started service in March.

Wooden Robot opened in 2015 in a former nightclub space on South Tryon Street. The dog-friendly brewery specializes in Belgian-style beers and is run by childhood friends Dan Wade and Josh Patton.


Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta