The Gainesville City Council will meet today to consider approving the city’s first brewery.
The planning and appeals board has given its OK for the Left Nut Brewing Co. to move into a 19,000-square-foot building in the Chicopee Mill industrial area off Atlanta Highway.
Plans to open in the midtown district were scrapped last month when a lease could not be worked out for a warehouse property near Wild Wing Cafe.
“We really feel fortunate because I think one door closed and another one opened for us at Chicopee Mill,” owner Pap Datta told the planning board.
Datta has already signed a lease for the property, a former Johnson & Johnson administration building that has been vacant for many years.
If approved, Datta said he hopes to have the brewery open and operational this summer.
The brewery will offer tours and tastings, and core offerings will include various blondes, ales and lagers.
Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann voted against the brewery last year out of concerns about its name and intent.
The City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.
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