BRADENTON -- Darwin's Brewery is one step closer to opening after receiving unanimous approval for its alcohol beverage license Wednesday afternoon during the Bradenton Planning Commission meeting.
Owner William Cornelius and his son, Matthew Cornelius, attended the meeting. They said they were excited to get approval for the license and a special use permit to operate their light industrial brewery and lounge at 803 17th Ave. W.
"There's a local community here that will really appreciate our beer. Our beer is world class," said Cornelius.
They hope to open the microbrewery in March.
The Cornelius family owns a Peruvian restaurant, Darwin's on Fourth in Sarasota, where they now sell their craft beer. The new brewery will allow them to increase production of the specialty beer.
The owners are working with Fawley- Bryant Architects. Their representative, Jason "JB" Taylor, is also chairman of the planning commission. He relinquished his title while presenting to the board.
The 6,000-square-foot building will include a full production microbrewery, tasting room, beer garden and outdoor music venue.
"We believe Bradenton is the place to be," Cornelius said.
As planned, the new Darwin's microbrewery will hold tasting events and social gatherings as they do in Sarasota, however, the tasting area will offer samplings of Darwin's signature brews while observing the brewing process through large glass windows.
The business owners will go Oct. 9 before Bradenton City Council seeking final approval of their alcohol beverage license and special use permit.
In other business:
Joe's Bar owner Joseph Vallor was approved for a special use permit and alcohol beverage license. He plans to expand his bar and create a restaurant at 5254 State Road 64 East.
He goes before city council Tuesday for final approval.
Joel King, owner of the Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club, was also approved for a special use permit and alcohol beverage license. King said he's seen an increase in demand from patrons who
would like to consume alcohol during and after their rounds.
About six residents came in favor of the alcohol license, but a few wanted to make sure the noise level and parking would remain the same. King ensured them it would and said changes to the lounge area could prevent noise from affecting nearby homes.
"We are working to enclose the deck area in, but I'm not sure if we will be able to afford to do that at this moment," King said.
He goes before city council for final approval Oct. 9.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.