(1:25 PM) Jamestown Brewing Company To Open Doors Friday

From left, Jon McLellan I and Jon McLellan II, the father and son team that will be opening the Jamestown Brewing Company for the first time Friday at 4 p.m. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

There is an old adage in show business — “The show must go on.”

That is the attitude father and son team, Jon McLellan I and Jon McLellan II, are taking as they open their new restaurant and bar — Jamestown Brewing Company — without a liquor license beginning Friday.

McLellan II said once the state grants the new Third Street business its license, they will immediately start brewing. He said it will take about a month to roll out a full assortment of their brews, which means they will have guest beers on tap at first. He added their lager will probably be the first beer they will brew, but their porter will probably be the first Jamestown Brewing Company beer on tap because it has a shorter processing time.

The doors will open at 4 p.m. Friday, which will include first floor and mezzanine seating. McLellan II said there will be no live musicians on day one, with several future musical performances planned.

“I want people to be focused on the new space and each other, not a singer,” he said.

Railroad spikes that have been fashioned into beer tap handles is just one of the unique features inside the new Jamestown Brewing Company, located at 119 W. Third St. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The simplistic opening fits with the style of the restaurant and bar. McLellan II said the actual bar, which was the first aspect of the restaurant they constructed, has a modern minimalistic look. He said there won’t be a lot of objects and TVs hanging on the walls, even though there will be a television in a lounge area that will have couch seating by the windows facing Third Street.

The most interesting, and soon-to-be-talked about feature of the bar, will be the cutout hole in the first floor where people will be able to see the brewing vats and equipment in the basement as they wait for their next pint by the bar or to be seated at a table. McLellan II said there will be some stool seating near the brewing equipment where people can enjoy some finger foods while watching the Jamestown Brewing Company crew prepare another batch.

“We’re excited to open the doors. Let people come in and try our food,” he said.

See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for more.


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