Committee Approves Brewpub for Centre Market
There’s something brewing at Wheeling’s Centre Market.
Proprietor Chad Hill said his business, Wheeling Brewing Co. – formerly known as Basement Brewery – began as a hobby but has outgrown its location inside Hill’s North Wheeling home.
He and his business partners now sell their craft beers to several local restaurants and they’re having trouble keeping up with demand, so Hill said they decided to open a brewpub to offer their various creations on tap in addition to bottling them for resale.
“Our goal is to bring the brewery to Centre Market, which I think is an exciting opportunity for us,” Hill told members of Wheeling City Council’s Development Committee, who voted to recommend the city designate the proposed 2247 Market St. location as a development/redevelopment site during a meeting Wednesday.
The development/rede-velopment site designation would be needed for the business to serve beer because the property is within 1,000 feet of several churches and other establishments licensed to sell alcohol.
Hill described his concept for the establishment as a New York-style loft bar that would serve a variety of beers produced on-site and cater to the local business crowd by offering something different than a typical sports bar atmosphere.
He also believes the idea could open a new avenue for attracting tourists to Wheeling, adding he continues to receive contacts from craft beer enthusiasts around the country who make entire vacations out of visiting as many different microbreweries and nanobreweries as they can.
Committee members Mayor Andy McKenzie, Vice Mayor Eugene Fahey and Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge voted unanimously to approve the development/redevelopment site designation.
The matter now moves to the full City Council in the form of an ordinance.
Interior renovations are underway at the Market Street building, and Hill said he hopes to have the establishment open sometime this fall.
Following the brewpub discussion, committee members went behind closed doors to discuss property negotiations but took no action following the executive session.