MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Grind City Brewery received approval for a $55,000 grant by the Center City Development Corporation Wednesday.
Renderings of the soon-to-be brewery and tap room show a sleek, open concept. The space is being born from the warehouses on Waterworks Avenue in Uptown.
There is a lot of work to do in order to convert the old warehouses, but there’s something about the Uptown property that Grind City President Hopper Seely just could not resist.
"We really just want to make it a community gathering spot. We want to make it when people come to Memphis people say you got to go to Grind City," said Hopper
The Downtown Memphis Commission said taprooms like Grind City have been instrumental in the city's economic development.
“Broad Avenue is great example obviously where Wiseacre was one of the first kind of mass attractions there. It really built up a lot of interest in the smaller shops that has been there a while. Now you see all the interest in Broad,” said Downtown Memphis Commission President Jennifer Oswalt.
Seely said he is happy to become the bridge between North Memphis and Downtown and wants to give back to both communities.
He said when Grind City opens later this year, proceeds from every brewery sale will go to local charities.
“You want to leave a place better than you found it,” said Seely.