Heard on the Street – March 2019, Lot 10 Brewing Co. Coming to the Burg

A family partnership is bringing a craft brewery and appetizer-style restaurant to downtown Amherstburg in April. Tammy, Brian and Jeff Fowkes, along with Gerry Vanderheide, are opening Lot 10 Brewing Co. at 263 Dalhousie Street, a location previously occupied by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. “It’s been a dream of ours for a long time,” says Tammy. “We love tasting different kinds of craft beers and we think the time is right to do something in downtown Amherstburg.” The partners took over the building in September 2018 and have been transforming it into a craft beer tasting room and restaurant ever since. The brewery will offer four or five standard beers including a lager, stout and an IPA, a selection of seasonal beers and a number of different creations from brewmaster Dylan White. Tammy tells Biz X the restaurant will seat 70 and offer cheese and charcuterie plates, dips and breads, as well as soft pretzels with mustard. Initially, the brewery will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The partners plan to host acoustic music nights and painting parties as well as other special events. For more information, email Tammy at: [email protected]. A website is expected to be launched in the near future.

New owners have taken over the former Kilt & Fiddle Irish Pub in downtown Windsor, with plans to re-open a bar (no set date at press time) on the ground floor with condominiums on the second floor. The building at 28 Chatham Street East, also once housed Plunkett’s, a long-time fixture in the city core, and later Mick’s Irish Pub. Chris Poupard, Owner of A Plus Construction, which is doing the work on behalf of Tan Property Management, indicates the condos are expected to be ready for occupancy in early summer. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone wanting to live downtown where so much development is happening at the moment,” says Poupard. In addition to this project, there’s also work going on to turn the former Loop and Fish Market complex into offices for Quicken Loans. Renovations are also taking place at the former City Beer Market and Chatham Street Grill for as yet unspecified business opportunities. And St. Clair College is preparing to move into the ground floor of 1 Riverside Drive West, which houses Canadian headquarters for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as well as The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

A panel discussion featuring female leaders from business, non-profit and healthcare sectors — “Inside the Minds of Female Leaders” — is scheduled for Thursday March 7 at the Water’s Edge Event Centre. AM800 News Anchor Patty Handysides moderates the discussion featuring Janice Kaffer, President and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare; Pat Soulliere, President and CEO of Soulliere Financial and Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh, Director of Leadership Windsor/Essex at United Way and Biz X Columnist. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $25, which includes dinner, or $45, which also includes a t-shirt. It’s being presented as a partnership between the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor, WEtech Alliance and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Centre. For more information, visit online.

Matt Kelly, who owns the Victoria Tavern on Chilver Road in Windsor, has just completed the purchase of Shooter’s Roadhouse, at 17 Sandwich Street North in Amherstburg. “I’m from Amherstburg and I’ve always wanted to open a place in my home town,” Kelly explains. “It’s seven minutes from my home, so it’s the perfect location.” He plans on completing some renovations, including a new ceiling and other cosmetic changes, as well as new menu items more reflective of the bar’s roadhouse theme. The food choices will include burgers, wings, salads, clubhouse and reuben sandwiches among other items. Kelly will also add local live blues entertainment, including Mark Chichkan on Thursday nights beginning in April. The bar remains open during renovations with a grand opening planned for next month. Kelly has worked in the tool and die industry for a number of years, but has given that up now that he owns two businesses.

The former Croatian Centre at 5259 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor has been sold, but future plans for the building have not been announced by the new owners. The building was previously owned by Bill Kobrosli who also owns the Factory House restaurant directly across the street. Kobrosli originally had plans to turn the large site into a health and wellness centre with 17 townhomes at the rear of the property. Mona Elkadri, Kobrosli’s daughter and business partner, says she didn’t think the new owners had the same plans for the site. Elkadri adds that the family has decided to concentrate on running their restaurant business and doesn’t have the time to devote to a new project. Real estate agents for the buyer couldn’t be reached by press time.

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