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Downtown distillery seeks permission for 13-foot-tall rooftop rooster

Old Dominick Distillery's rooftop rooster proposition (Source: Old Dominick Distillery) Old Dominick Distillery's rooftop rooster proposition (Source: Old Dominick Distillery)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new distillery opening in Downtown Memphis in 2017 is petitioning the city to allow a 13-foot-tall rooster to live on its roof.

Old Dominick Distillery has been re-purposing three conjoined buildings across the street from Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.

The distillery is taking three buildings built in the 1920s and turning them into a 50,000 square foot facility that can house a distiller, tasting rooms, office space, a store, event spaces, and a restaurant.

Mobile users: Click here to see renderings of the upcoming distillery.

Part of the design for the new distillery includes a rooftop sign, that could be against city codes.

"Memphis hosts a lot of iconic rooftop signs Downtown, and we want to embrace that fact and be one of those signs Downtown that Memphians can be proud of," distillery owner Alex Canale said.

City building codes ban large rooftop signs outside of the Autozone Park area. In order to get the sign approved, Ole Dominick Distillery must get permission from the Downtown Design Review Board. So the distillery formally filed a request laying out what the sign would look like, how big it would be, and where it would be located.

The entire sign would be 25 feet tall and 34 feet wide. It would feature the words, 'Old Dominick Distillery' and the company's rooster logo.

The company said the sign falls under an exception written into city codes that allows rooftop signs when they provide “outstandingly creative design solutions.”

"The sign is going to be amazing. It'll be a proud statute of Downtown Memphis skyline," Canale said.

The vote to approve or deny the distillery's request takes place Wednesday.

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