Half Acre Beer Co. Won't Open Restaurant Next to Taproom, Owner Says

By Patty Wetli on January 22, 2014 12:12pm 

 Half Acre Beer Co. has nixed plans to open a restaurant next to its North Center brewery and taproom, owner Gabriel Magliaro said.
Half Acre Beer Co. has nixed plans to open a restaurant next to its North Center brewery and taproom, owner Gabriel Magliaro said.
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NORTH CENTER — Half Acre Beer Company won't be opening a restaurant adjacent to the brewery's taproom, owner Gabriel Magliaro confirmed to DNAinfo Chicago.

"We're not setting up a restaurant in that space," Magliaro said. "Right now, we're kind of in a state of change ... all for the positive."

Last September Half Acre, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., announced it had purchased the building next door. Plans were to convert the space into a restaurant to complement the brewery's tap room, which operates under a "bring your own food" policy.

Neighbors recently had noticed a "for rent" sign in the window of the proposed restaurant, sparking rumors about the restaurant's future.

Half Acre still intends to add a food component, just not via a restaurant, Magliaro said.

"I can't really elaborate right now," he said.

Magliaro founded Half Acre in 2006, producing its original lager via a brewery in Wisconsin. The North Center brewery opened in 2009, and the taproom followed in 2012.

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