Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc., Wilmington, helped cut the ribbon for its latest retail tenant, Stitch House Brewery on Friday afternoon.
Speakers included Gov. John Carney, Mayor Michael S. Purzycki, Michael Hare, executive vice president of The Buccini/Pollin Group and Dan Sheridan, Co-owner and Chef of Stitch House Brewery
The 829 N. Market, building has the 7,000 square foot Stitch House brewery on the ground floor, and seven industrial loft-style apartments above. The apartments are the latest of a string of additions to BPG’s MKT brand, managed by ResideBPG (www.residebpg.com).
The development project was made possible by the combination of grants and tax credits including state and federal historic tax credits, and grants for the fit out of the brewery from both the Corridor Revitalization Fund, managed by the First State Community Loan Fund, and the Main Street Façade Program by Downtown Visions and Comenity Bank. The brewery fit-out will also be applying for a grant from the small project’s pool as part of Delaware’s Downtown Development District program.
Stitch House is only the second downtown Wilmington brewery in over 60 years and will be the first micro-brewery to open on Market Street in more than 15 years. A brew pub briefly operated in the north area of downtown more than a decade ago.
Co-owners are Wilmington natives Dan Sheridan and Robert Snowberger.
Owners been working with Rev. Keeling and Eastside Rising’s initiatives for new hires, with 13 of the 21 hires to date being city residents. The interior features murals by local artist Brad Turner of 3 Eyes Art, menu boards designed by Grain Arts of Wilmington, and furniture crafted by the Challenge Program, a Wilmington-based organization that provides vocational training for at-risk teens to empower them with the life skills needed to become productive members of society.
The brewery, spearheaded by brewer Andrew Rutherford formerly of Yards Brewery, will feature locally crafted brews created and served on site, as well as for distribution.
Stitch House is named after the building’s former occupants a linen mart and tailor shop, and its previous use as both a coal house and ice house. The restaurant space, designed by Stokes Architecture of Philadelphia, will seat upwards of 160, including 40-plus in the bar area and a back room for private dining.
Stitch House will stay open until 1 a.m. seven days a week.
On tap will be several different beers brewed on site that guests will be able to purchase in to-go growlers and smaller crowlers.
The menu will feature cheese and meat plates, soups, salads, share-size skillet dishes and sandwiches with meat smoked directly at the restaurant.