Downtown brewery secures $100,000 in loans

ANDERSON– A planned third brewery in downtown Anderson has received approval for $100,000 in loans with plans to open by the end of the year.The Anderson Revolving Loan Fund board on Tuesday approved the demand from Daniel Stachowiak and Dan Shaw to open Animals of Practice brewery and a restaurant at 1031 Meridian St.A$50,000 loan was approved from Small Business Administration funds and an extra$ 50,000 through the micro-loan program of the Anderson Flagship Enterprise Center.The approved loans are for 5 years.Earlier this year the city authorized a$35,000 food and drink tax grant.Stachowiak and Shaw presently own the Kettle Top Brew Home at the

Dickmann Town Center Plaza.Greg Winker, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said Kettle Top Brew House has actually been profitable.With the opening Tuesday of a Chinese restaurant in the former Rax structure at the southeast corner of 11th and Main streets, Winkler stated the city is beginning to see some critical mass in the downtown area.In November

the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals authorized a special exception for Animals of Habit.The. property had actually housed Wigs ‘n’ More and several other services in the past couple of years. The home is zoned for company use.Creatures of Habit Brewing prepares to refurbish the whole first and 2nd floorings of the two-story structure. Plans attend to 1,550 square feet for open dining and toilets with a bar and cooking area with the brewery in the rear of the building.The 2nd flooring will be used for extra

dining.The organisation will be open from midday to 10 p.m. and provide a full lunch and dinner menu. The business intends on employing 15 people.Although parking was an issue, there is available on-street parking and the surface parking lot on the southeast

corner of 10th and Meridian streets.The Kettle Top Brew House opened last December

in the Dickmann Town Center and is connected to Ribs Express.Creatures of Routine joins Kettle Top and the planned Oakley Brothers Distillery

and C.T. Doxey Developing in downtown Anderson. The Oakley Brothers Distillery is expected to open in the near future.Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 765-640-4863.