Midtown craft beer venture Motor City Brewing Works will expand to The Avenue of Fashion. I’m Here LLC developer Chad Dickinson, who owns the former the Hunter Supper Club building, confirmed Saturday during a pop-up preview that the brewery has struck a deal to move into the renovated building on Livernois Avenue. The satellite brewery joins fellow Motor City Match recipient Slyde.
The 10,000-square-foot Hunter Supper Club space is divided into three units. Motor City Brewing Works will occupy the north section with Slyde in the center area overlooking the building’s courtyard. The third space is still without a tenant although Dickerson says he’s hoping to fill it with a "design component" along the lines of architecture or the arts. Motor City Brewing Works will be brewing on site, but on a smaller scale than its location in Cass Corridor and Brew Detroit.
According to Dickinson, the building will seat approximately 150 customers with additional seating on the courtyard patio. Slyde co-owner L.J. Nelson adds that the eatery will offer terrace seating, as well as a to-go ordering area named the "Slyde-thru." Slyde is expected to open in April 2017.
The Motor City Brewing Works announcement was made in conjunction with the Jazz on the Ave. festival and featured sliders from Slyde and beers on tap from Motor City Brewing Works. During the pop-up, Slyde celebrated their first official paid order.
Dickinson received a $100,000 grant to help support the mixed-use development of the space in January. It was the first time the program awarded grants to building owners leading real estate development projects. Slyde also received a $45,000 grant to help with equipment purchases.
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