Gerard Craft to Open a Concept Inside Rockwell Beer Co. in the Grove

The new brewery planning to open in the Grove in 2018 is bringing on some accomplished hands to provide food service — Gerard Craft and his team.

The James Beard Award winning chef, whose restaurants include Sardella, Brasserie, Taste and Pastaria, will be handling the food at Rockwell Beer Company, the brewery announced today.

The joint operation is slated for 1320 S. Vandeventer, just one block south of the neighborhood's main drag on Manchester. In today's announcement, the brewery said it would begin construction in January, with an anticipated opening some time in the second quarter.

The site, at the corner of Vandeventer and Talmage Avenue, was previously the home of industrial equipment supplier HM Dinzler. JEMA Studio is now designing the spot, a change from the previously announced architecture team, with rendering showing a cool industrial look.

And, yes, there will also be a significant food element.

"As our plan evolved, food became necessary for us. It is an honor to be working with Chef and his talented team," the brewery tweeted. "More details soon!"

In a press release, Rockwell said that it would be a standalone concept, and that Craft's team would be announcing further details in the "near future."

Rockwell had previously described its forthcoming facility as a fifteen-barrel brewhouse and production facility with a 1,500-square-foot tasting room. Founder Andy Hille has been a brewer at the acclaimed Perennial Artisan Ales before branching off to start his own company.

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