Breathing new life into a historic downtown Rockford brewhouse means pouring a lot of work into renovations.
The Prairie Street Brewhouse hopes to add some flavor to the area's night life within the year.
A building built in the 1850s will be open for the enjoyment of its original purpose.
"The beer itself is going to be handcrafted by our brewer Steve Lennox," said Chris Manuel, Brewhouse Events President.
Earlier this summer, brewing tanks had not been installed.
"The brewery itself, the tanks have been put in and set and everything is coming together," said Manuel.
By the end of the year, you can enjoy 16 craft brews. A few months later, those will be joined by a full service restaurant.
"Everybody will be able to see how the building looks and works and operates and it's very exciting."
That restaurant is also the reason an initial August completion date wasn't hit. When the pub idea was created, work in other areas like the apartments slowed down.
"We need to finish some of the stairwells upstairs, life safety the buildings themselves have been ordered, need to install the cabinetry and flooring in some of the units but the walls are all up and ready to go."
But there's still been a lot of work done this summer.
All the doors and entrances are finished. The building is accessible. We've had Fehr Grahm and Gary Anderson move into the building in the office spaces.
And soon, brewhouse leadership hopes to see Rockford residents and visitors enjoying all there is to offer.
"The building itself is created make a destination point for Rockfordians as well as people visiting Rockford itself. We really hope people come here and visit and enjoy a really good time in Rockford."
The restaurant already has a chef. It's expected to be open and serving by spring.
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