After celebrating their second year in business, the beer barons behind Ill Mannered Brewing Co. hope they're well on their way to moving into a new home by the third anniversary.
Ill Mannered opened in 2015 in a 1,000-square-foot storefront in the Grace Plaza on Grace Drive. Tom Ayers, one of the brewery's co-founders, said he hopes to move the business into a new 3,000-square-foot facility at the east end of the plaza's parking lot by mid- to late 2018.
Ill Mannered's landlord, DJCF Holdings, is behind the project.
Ayers said the expansion effort was prompted by feedback from patrons and potential customers who lamented the brewery's cramped quarters.
"We really need a bigger taproom and a bigger patio," he said. "When we get busy, it gets pretty full in (the current storefront) pretty fast."
Ill Mannered's planned expansion should seat 50 inside and more than 30 on the patio.
Ayers said it also should give the brewers room to expand production and offer brewery tours.
Although the new space will feature more of a separation between the brewery and taproom, Ayers said he still wants customers to experience the sights and smells of the brewing process.
"We certainly don't want to lose that as part of our experience," he said. "We've always wanted to have an immersive experience."
The new facility will feature a dedicated space out front for food trucks. Ayers said there are no plans for Ill Mannered to enter the restaurant business, although the proposed building will feature room for a small kitchen.
Powell City Council was expected to vote to approve the plans for Ill Mannered's new building at its Sept. 5 meeting.
The city's planning commission unanimously recommended approval for the project earlier in the summer, and city leaders praised the proposal at the Aug. 15 council meeting.
Powell Mayor Brian Lorenz said Ill Mannered's continued presence in the city "adds to the vibrancy of our downtown."
"I couldn't be more pleased with the decision to reinvest in the city," he said.
Councilman Jim Hrivnak said DJCF and Ill Mannered are showing other small businesses how they can grow in the city.
"Hopefully, you'll be an example for others in turn to do the same," he said.
Ayers said city officials have offered valuable feedback and encouragement during the planning process for the new facility.
"We were thrilled with the support," he said. "The city's been great since we started here."
Ayers said Ill Mannered's founders hope to break ground on the new facility in the next few months.