New brew pub headed to Battle Creek as part of downtown redevelopment plan

An artists rendering reveals the plans for a new brew pub in downtown Battle Creek. (WWMT/Courtesy of Battle Creek Unlimited)

Downtown Battle Creek will soon have a new brew stop.

Battle Creek Unlimited has awarded the building at 15 Carlyle Street to a local developer, Restore (269), and the project includes a startup brewery on the first floor. BCU also is awarding a $200,000 incentive to the brewery, which will occupy 6,000 square feet of the building’s ground floor.

The brewery expects to be up and running by fall 2019.

Restore (269), a development company founded by Battle Creek residents Cody and Caitlynn Newman in 2017, plans to renovate the entire three-story building – and call it the Record Box.

“Battle Creek is fortunate to have millennial visionaries like Cody and Caitlynn who are able to look into the future and see the potential in Battle Creek,” BCU President and CEO Joe Sobieralski said I a written announcement on the project. “The Newmans have the drive and desire to be a part of it.”

In addition to the first-floor brewery, the renovation plan office space on the second floor, and a multipurpose event space on the third floor. he Newmans previously turned the Ratti Building at 115-117 W. Michigan Avenue into a mixed-use space, with commercial and residential tenants in loft apartments.

“We wanted to continue this positive momentum and restore another historic building in downtown Battle Creek,” the Newmans said in a written announcement on the new project. “Being a part of Battle Creek, we see opportunities for growth and hope to have some positive impact on our community. There are a lot of exciting projects happening in our city and we are thankful to be a part of it.”

The renovated building’s new name was taken from its original purpose, built for the Record Printing and Box Co., a manufacturer of paper cartons and boxes for breakfast foods.

Restore (269) plans to host an open house from 5-9 p.m. May 18 to introduce the project to the public.

The BCU, in December 2017, announced a request for proposals for three buildings in downtown Battle Creek. At the same time, the organization announced that $200,000 incentive to attract a brewery/distillery to downtown Battle Creek.

“BCU is doubling down on our brewery incentive,” Sobieralski said. “We received a number of strong proposals, and we feel multiple options are needed in downtown to help make Battle Creek a destination.”

The Record Box will be located one block from New Holland’s Pub, which will sit at 64. W. Michigan Avenue.

“We couldn’t be happier to see Cody and Caitlynn continue to invest in and re-imagine downtown Battle Creek,” Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury said in the announcement. “The Record Box will create an additional gathering space to allow people to enjoy not only the historic character of the Carlyle building, but also the beauty of the Battle Creek River. The excitement around all the great things happening in Battle Creek just keeps growing.”

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