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From patients to pilsner: former Williamsville medical office turning into new brewery

Posted: 11:35 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 03:35:31Z

David Shutte of Schutte Hospitality Group has seen Main Street grow over the past few years. 

"The last five years there has been an energy in the village that is second to none" Schutte says. 

Schutte, who owns Creekview Restaurant on Main Street, has seen the energy, and wants to invest more in it through a brand new brewery right across the creek from his other restaurant. 

"I think the village needs a brewery to fill it out."

The brewery, which will be built out of an old doctors office, spans two buildings. One building will house the beer making equipment while the other will be a restaurant and bar. The two buildings will be connected by a beer garden. The beer that is made at the brewery section will be funneled to the restaurant using tubes beneath the ground. 

Before this plot of land was a medical office, it was a blacksmith shop and a horse stable. Principal architect Dave Sutton wants to incorporate that history into the new building. 

"It's a challenge to implement the new codes with the new design ideas and yet keep the integrity and the historic significance of the building" Sutton said.

There will also be a modern feel of the building through front and side windows that open up the space to both Main Street, and Ellicott Creek behind the building. 

"We're going to have it where you're sitting at the bar and literally ten or 20 feet away, you're on top of the creek" Sutton said. 

The project is currently in the engineering phase, which means construction could begin in the fall of this year, with a hopeful officially opening sometime in 2019. 

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