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October 1, 2018

Brewery and restaurants proposed for Remington

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Chat Hughey of McLean has received three proposals, including one that could combine a brick oven pizzeria and a craft brewery, for his 204 E. Main St. building.
I’d rather have another restaurant. It gives you more options.
— Melissa Haines, Groves Hardware office manager
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Staff Journalist
Remington soon could get its first craft brewery or a new restaurant.

Chat Hughey of McLean has received three proposals, including one that could combine a brick oven pizzeria and a craft brewery, for his 204 E. Main St. building.

The other two prospects call for restaurants in the one-story, 4,100-square-foot stucco storefront, Mr. Hughey said. One of them operates an eatery in the Town of Culpeper.

“We have three prospects for the space, and we hope one of them will open in that space,” said Mr. Hughey, who declined to discuss specifics about the potential uses.

His building has commercial zoning, which allows a brewery there by-right.

“A brick oven pizza (restaurant) and craft brewery, I think that would be a very positive thing for the town,” Councilman DeVada Allison said. “I think it’s a perfect location for a craft brewery.”

He also would welcome a restaurant or any business to Remington that would “benefit” citizens and other merchants, Mr. Allison added.

“The big thing is bringing business to town . . . that embrace (its) small feel,” the council vice chairman explained.

A Culpeper restaurateur has talked about opening a place that would feature seafood, Councilman Van Loving said.

“He’ll have like steamed shrimp, crab,” said Mr. Loving, who declined to identify the restaurant owner. “Moderately-priced, something everybody could afford.”

Mr. Hughey could act on the proposals within a few weeks, the councilman said.

“It’s great you can pick and choose,” Mr. Loving said. “He wants to make the right decision. . . . It’s a big step.”

Mr. Hughey owns two other downtown commercial structures, including the old Culpeper Co-op building at 301 E. Main St.

Two businesses occupy the 204 E. Main St. building — Black Sheep Studios, a tattoo parlor and art gallery, and Sean’s Smokehouse BBQ.

Sean’s, which will vacate the building, uses its space for storage.

Under one scenario, Black Sheep Studios would move to the old Culpeper Co-op building. That would make the entire 204 Main St. structure available for a brewery or restaurant.

“I would take anything that would help with foot traffic in Remington and supports Remington businesses,” Black Sheep Studios owner Jen Poteet said.

But Ms. Poteet, who opened the studio and art gallery last November, voiced some concerns about a restaurant/brewery.

“I have three kids,” she said. “I’m not going to bring my kids there. I might get a pizza to go.”

Ms. Poteet believes a restaurant, however, would appeal to a broader audience, including families.

Melissa Haines, office manager for Groves Hardware at 202 E. Main St., also expressed doubts about a brewery.

“To me, that makes no sense,” said Ms. Haines. “I’d rather have another restaurant. It gives you more options.”

The town council last week unanimously approved a zoning ordinance amendment to allow microbreweries in the Commercial-1 district, which includes Mr. Hughey’s building.

Courtney E. Ashby, owner of Remington Family Dentistry at 206 E. Main St., and others spoke during a public hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance change.

“I’m much very for having a brewery in Remington,” Dr. Ashby said in an interview. “I definitely think the community can support it.

“It would bring people into Remington, which is a good thing.”

At the same time, the town also “could definitely use another restaurant,” Dr. Ashby added.

Fauquier has four craft breweries:

Old Bust Head Brewing Co. at Vint Hill.

• The Barrel Oak Farm Taproom near Delaplane.

Wort Hog Brewing Co. in Warrenton.

Power’s Farm & Brewery near Casanova.

Early next year Warrenton will get its second brewery.

The owners of Altered Suds Beer Co. LLC plan to open a 5,000-square-foot brewery at 36 Main St. — in the basement below Molly’s Irish Pub and Hartman’s Jewelers.

You can contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0700.

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