Walker Claridge, Columbia’s food pied piper (without that whole child abduction legend thingy), seems on track to open his brewery/local foods restaurant by late April.
Update: This opening date is very much still in flux. Seems there are a number of – go figure – confusing and contradictory city/county hoops left through which to jump.
From the Columbia Business Times:
A co-owner of the Root Cellar said Wednesday that he and his three partners plan to open their brewery pub on Broadway in downtown Columbia by late April.
Broadway Brewery is being constructed next to the Root Cellar at 816 E. Broadway. The downstairs location formerly leased by Uprise Bakery is between American Shoe and the Envy clothing store. Uprise Bakery moved to Hitt Street in a building shared with Ragtag Cinemacafe.
The partners in Broadway Brewery are Walker Claridge, co-owner of the Root Cellar, brothers Kenny and Jim Duzan, and Paul Dickerson, the brewmaster.
Kenny Duzan and Dickerson are biologists who work for the Department of Natural Resources, while Jim Duzan is a retired school teacher. Duzan and Claridge are also Boone County produce farmers.
The Root Cellar is a grocery that carries only products made or grown in Missouri, and the Broadway Brewery’s restaurant will have a similar policy, although the menu is still being refined. “We intend to showcase locally grown food,” Claridge said.
The 3,000-square-foot building features a 48-seat dining area in the front, a 20-seat bar in the middle and the brewery operation in a glass-enclosed room in the rear. Nine metal vats will be used to brew a variety of in-house beers.