Construction on upscale brewery, restaurant and banquet facility to begin soon for summer 2017 opening
Whitby This Week By Parvaneh Pessian
WHITBY — A refreshing new development is coming soon to downtown Whitby as four local entrepreneurs draw closer to making their dream a reality.
Owners of the Brock Street Brewing Company recently announced that the Town has approved all minor variances required to expand their business to a second location. Their current site at 1501 Hopkins St. will remain open and a four-storey, 25,388-square-foot facility — featuring a brewery, restaurant and banquet facility — will be established at 244 Brock St. S. Construction will begin in the coming months and the grand opening is scheduled for next summer.
“We should have shovels in the ground or at least the (existing building at Brock and Dunlop streets) coming down sometime in August and then construction starting in September,” said Mark Woitzik, a Whitby lawyer and co-owner with Victor Leone, Scott Pepin, and Chris Vanclief.
The group of friends is eager to get started on the project, which has been brewing since 2014 when they launched their business and approached the Town with a proposal to redevelop the old fire hall at 201 Brock St S. While council was receptive to their desire to help revitalize downtown Whitby and attract more people to the area, the matter quickly became entangled in red tape as the Town reviewed its process for dealing with unsolicited proposals to purchase municipal properties. The prominent former fire hall has sat vacant since 2004 and various parties have expressed interest in acquiring it over the years.