Liquor license for BreadWorks goes before City Council Thursday night

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
BreadWorks bakery building under construction at 2 E. Walnut St. in Greencastle. A May 1 opening is anticipated.
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When the Greencastle City Council convenes Thursday night, it will consider a recommendation from the Downtown Greencastle Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) to approve a liquor license for the new BreadWorks bakery and bistro under construction at 2 E. Walnut St.

It will be just the second of 10 possible permits created for the downtown district since the City Council passed a 2015 resolution. The first to take advantage of the unique downtown opportunity created by state legislation originally intended for Valparaiso was Wasser Brewing Co.

The Downtown Greencastle ABC unanimously approved the BreadWorks by Bridges LLC request for a three-way license (beer, wine and mixed drinks) on a motion by Susan Lemon and affirmative votes by Rick Barcus and Bonnie Lowry. Member Vince Aguirre was absent.

BreadWorks was represented at the recent ABC meeting by attorney Gregory T. Genrich of Bradford & Riley Inc., Indianapolis, who detailed the investment in Greencastle made by BreadWorks owners Judson and Joyce Green.

Calling them “good corporate citizens and good stewards of what they have,” Genrich noted that the Greens first purchased the old Goodwill building for the DePauw School of Music to turn into Music on the Square. Next, they bought the adjoining building on North Indiana Street to create Bridges Craft Pizza and Wine Bar in 2017, and last year acquired Taphouse 24, which is now Taphouse Burgers.

“Their next venture is BreadWorks,” Genrich said, explaining that it will be a retail and commercial bakery and offer a “unique dining venue.”

It is estimated that 80 percent of the bakery production will be commercial (for sales to institutions like universities, hospitals and restaurants). The other 20 percent will be complementary additions to Greencastle, including:

-- An artisan bakery that will offer pastries, breads, doughnuts, etc. on a retail basis.

-- The Bistro, designed to primarily offer soups, salads and the like on a retail basis.

-- The Kitchen, which will make a second-floor demonstration kitchen available for unique private dining events and culinary training and educational experiences that are expected to draw people to downtown Greencastle.

A May 1 opening is anticipated for BreadWorks.

The same management team that has been used at Bridges and Taphouse will lead the bakery operation -- executive chef Sal Fernandez and general manager Damion Wallace.

Currently 75 employees assist with operations at Bridges and Taphouse. It is expected that BreadWorks will employ at least 50 workers and have seating for 50 on the first floor.

“The menu is still in the process of being finalized,” Genrich told the ABC group. “We’re looking at a May 1 opening, so it’s coming up fast.”

Genrich said the retail side of operations will come first.

“So regardless of how many commercial contracts, the rest will go ahead?” Barcus asked.

Genrich said yes, that is the plan.

The ABC approval serves as a recommendation to the City Council, which has final say on the unique licenses available within the qualifying district.

Genrich noted that the Greens did not seek such permits for Bridges or Taphouse because they had previously acquired two liquor licenses that had come up at auction.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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  • Just curious ; where are people to park when visiting the bistro? shopping at the retail bakery? Commercial delivery trucks?

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 7:11 AM
  • I agree BHS1967. Now I will admit I am not a drinker but why would an operations like this need to serve liquor?

    -- Posted by putnamcountyproud on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 12:29 PM
  • putnamcountyproud : I was actually wondering why a liquor license was needed and frankly when I saw there was 10 such license available for the downtown I was dumbfounded.

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 1:19 PM
  • If the retail prices with this new venture are as high as the prices at the Bridges Craft Pizza, locals will not be able to afford it. Therefore, why the retail with LIQUOR? What does Moores Bar say about another "well financed" competitor?

    A retail business with little to no parking? Same thing as DPU. Build something with no parking for the customers. Not user friendly.

    My advice to Greencasle ABC, look at this long and hard. How many bars, etc. does downtown Greencastle need?

    When will the street be reopened?

    -- Posted by Lookout on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 1:42 PM
  • Moore’s and Tap House don’t have exclusive parking for their business. There are public parking lots surrounding the area. If that’s what you mean by “where are people to park when visiting the bistro”.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 10:17 PM
  • Competition is good and the citizen/ consumer will decide if there are too many

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Mar 11, 2020, at 11:10 PM
  • kbmom; My question does include the concern of bistro customers parking but mainly I wonder where retail customers are to park and where the commercial vehicles will park when picking up the products for delivery as well as deliveries to the Bakery. If the Bakery is to be a success they will need to draw a lot of customers both retail and commercial and factor in the fact that the bakery is located next to the Post Office and Fire Station. Quite possibly I have missed something but looking at the new building I just haven't seen where parking and delivery/loading trucks will take place. Please keep in mind I'm not blasting the new bakery I just wonder where parking was addressed.

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 7:28 AM
  • BHS, delivery/loading of trucks will probably happen the same as on the square for a restaurant there....middle of the road (although there is an alley behind the building) I’m rolling my eyes as I write this because it’s an inconvenience and traffic is definitely slowed. And if they don’t unload in front anymore, I stand corrected.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 9:18 AM
  • Nothing I have read above has given me a reason for a liquor license! Not sure I would enjoy a beer with my doughnut or loaf of marble rye!

    -- Posted by ValHalla84 on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 10:19 AM
  • I have heard that the building will eventually house a sushi restaurant as well. Thus the need for the liquor license.

    -- Posted by valerienc on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 10:33 AM
  • If valerienc is correct in her post, the builders have not been totally honest on what there plans were from the beginning. Who knew about a "liquor license"? Who knew the street in front of the building sight would be closed for nearly a year? Who knew a sushi restaurant would be added to the site? The list could potentially go on and on and ...

    -- Posted by Lookout on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 2:29 PM
  • Lets think back on businesses that wanted to come to Greencastle - Rural King wanted the old Walmart but they pulled out when they were told they could not take as much of the parking lot for merchandise as they did in Terre Haute, Murphy Oil (Walmart Gas Station) wanted to put a station in the outer lot at Walmart but were refused permits because of taking parking spots from the store. Yet here the Council approves a Restaurant/Bistro/Commercial Bakery/ Retail Bakery Building to be constructed without a single parking spot? This wasn't a vacant commercial building being repurposed but a NEW BUILDING which replaced a small parking lot. Something simply doesn't add up.

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 4:07 PM
  • I can only imagine that the parking situation around the post office will not be getting any easier. Seems like poor planning.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 4:43 PM
  • Tonight, I must be really bored. Pondering if someone looks up this article in 20 years, see all the comments, and wondering what they will be thinking.

    Yikes!!! Both that I am wondering and realizing what their thoughts will probably be!

    -- Posted by beg on Thu, Mar 12, 2020, at 10:46 PM
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