New pub brewing in Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:29 am on Thursday, February 23, 2012

GREENVILLE — A liquor license was recently approved by the Greenville City Council as the first step to opening a new brew pub in Greenville.

On Feb. 7, the council approved a resolution from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in connection with a brew pub liquor license request.

The 57 Brew Pub and Bistro is being planned for the site where J.R. Roller Castle once sat at 1310 W. Washington Street (M-57).

Although the official site plan has not yet been brought to the Greenville Planning Commission, a preliminary site layout was prepared by Don Hula of Hula Engineering for Robert Olsen and Dottie Brydges, who own the former J.R. Roller Castle land.

Olsen did not return repeated messages from The Daily News seeking comment.

“The process is normal,” Greenville City Manager George Bosanic said of the owners gaining a liquor license before getting site plan approval. “It will be exciting to see what is proposed.”

After city staff met with Olsen, he indicated a desire and intent to build a new banquet facility in addition to constructing a sports bar and restaurant. Olsen will have limited participation in the business and will rely on his daughter and son-in-law to operate it, according to Greenville City Council documents.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said this will be the first restaurant to have its own brewery in Greenville, as far as he knows. Greenville residents and visitors will have another unique dining options with the addition of a brew pub, Van Wyngarden said.

“This is an exciting development for Greenville,” he said.  “The addition of 57 Brew Pub and Bistro will be a nice compliment to the great establishments we have here in Greenville.”

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