NORFOLK, VA — Brick Anchor Brew-House will bring the largest selection of beers to Downtown Norfolk in mid-March. The restaurant and beer house will occupy the former Jack Quinn’s location at 241 Granby St.
“We originally thought of bringing a franchise to the area,” said Phil Smith, owner. “We looked at several sites in the region and were very intrigued by the location on Granby Street. Its energy and great potential truly sold us. At the same time, we realized that a franchise model might not be the way to go to meet the needs and vibrancy of the area, so we decided to grow our own concept that would add a brick fabric to Granby. We think what we have to offer will be a great addition to the Downtown dining scene. We want the Brick to be considered Downtown’s kitchen.”
The 6,400 s/f restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The restaurant will have 165 seats and accordion front doors that open to Granby St. for al fresco dining. The second floor will be available for special events. And, special beer nights will involve local and regional breweries and farmers to showcase their selections.
When Smith first contemplated the food menu, they sent surveys out to all residents within a quarter mile. They received more than 300 responses that helped develop a menu and other features. “Engaging the Downtown community and seeking their input is very important to us, noted Smith. “We are here to serve them, after all.”
“We are so pleased Brick Anchor has made this $2.1 million investment in Downtown,” said Mary Miller, president and CEO of The Downtown Norfolk Council (DNC). “The addition to Granby Street is significant since the location is so prominent. We also welcome 40 new jobs to the area.”