Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant announced the signing of a lease in the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia, SC.
The location is their fourth location in the South and 21st for the Wilmington-based restaurant group. Additional southern locations include Greenville, SC [741 Haywood Road], which opened in spring 2018, as well as the Buckhead and Perimeter neighborhoods of Atlanta.
Both Atlanta locations are slated to open this summer as part of Iron Hill’s “20 by 20” initiative -a plan to open and operate 20 locations by the year 2020. Iron Hill Columbia is slated to open in summer 2021.
The New York Times has called the 181-acre BullStreet District, now five years into a 20-year development timeline, “one of the largest downtown mixed-use real estate projects in the nation.”
The 7.500 square foot Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will feature Iron Hill’s on-site brewing facility, with seating for approximately 250, which includes a bar area, dining room, and outdoor dining space. Slated for new construction on Bull Street, the space will be across from Starbucks (breaking ground this spring) and near the REI outdoors store (slated to open in 2020). The new brewery and restaurant plans to hire more than 100 full and part-time positions.
“We are extremely excited to continue our success in the South,” said Kevin Finn, Chairman of the Board and Director of Development at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. “Once we came to South Carolina and learned firsthand about the warmth, charm, and hospitality of its residents, we knew we wanted to bring more of the great food, quality service and delicious craft beer we’ve brought our fans in the Northeast since 1996. BullStreet is a thriving, newly-developed area, and given its residential, office, retail and entertainment appeal, in addition to its proximity to multiple universities and colleges, we knew this neighborhood was a great choice for us.”
The brewery and restaurant, located one mile from the University of South Carolina campus and the South Carolina State House, will be within walking distance of historic neighborhoods and large employers.
“Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is an American success story of how three friends with a great idea made it happen,” said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation. “We’re thrilled that they picked Columbia and BullStreet as their third southern city in which to locate. They’ll fit right in.”
Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark near Newark Iron Hill has grown from location on Main Street in Newark to its current size. The company jumped from its stronghold in the Delaware Valley to South Carolina and Georgia.
The company was founded by home brewers Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark in 1996.
Each brewery/restaurant has its own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, as well as a head brewer.