BRADENTON -- Motorworks Brewing owners Denise and Frank Tschida have decided serving spirits as well as craft beer will better serve future customers.
"We're just trying to make this a marvelous destination for everybody," said Ann Altman, vice president of Motorworks Brewing.
Altman said the liquor license became available and the Tschidas decided to pursue it after receiving inquiries from people who wanted to know if there would be other drinking options beside craft beer.
The brewery liquor license could be approved at a 2 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Bradenton Planning Commission.
If approved by planners, the next steps will be to obtain approval by the Bradenton City Council and the state.
Altman said the brewery will open later this month after it receives a certificate of occupancy.
"It has everything to do with our CO," said Altman. "We're hoping to be open by end of the year, probably right around the holidays."
The CO issued by the Bradenton Planning and Zoning Department certifies the building has been built and maintained up to code. It's
the last phase of the permitting process, said Tim Polk, director of planning and community development.
Being Bradenton's first brewery will be an accomplishment for Motorworks Brewing, but the process has had delays with missteps by both parties, said Polk.
He said the Bradenton Planning and Zoning Department had a lot to learn when it came to opening a brewery.
"It's kind of unique because the brewery is different from anything we've ever had to deal with before, so there's a number of approvals that have to be done," Polk said.
He said his department had to learn how a brewery operates and the owners of Motorworks Brewing had to learn to navigate the planning and zoning process.
"We didn't know that a tap room was always attached to a brewery," Polk said. "Or placing a window in a tap room so customers can see beer being made adds to the whole mystique of the place."
The usual business frustration with red tape did emerge.
"Their missteps were frustration with our codes and the time we take to go about doing that," he said. "We try to assure them that we weren't trying to hold them up."
Polk said they city does not have an expedited process for applicants to speed through permitting. He said if business owners have a good rapport with city officials it's not needed.
Polk said he and the owners of Motorworks Brewing want to see the brewery open by the end of this month.
"There were some missteps on both of our parts. A lot of those have been cleared, and all we're doing right now is trying to get them to open the tap room so they can start making money," Polk said.
Janey Tate, City of Bradenton and Palmetto Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate.