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Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:14 pm
by iTally
Proof will be fine and will assist the new Cascades Park in enticing further growth on SOMO.  The real question is now that Proof won't be there, will Railroad Square suffer.  Before Proof, I don't remember it being a consistent hot spot.  Would love to see a developer go in there and clean that place up.  Hate those metal buildings.  Would rather see the area mature.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:09 pm
by chudan
I would have to seriously disagree. Tear down the metal buildings and stick a cookie cutter development in there and its done as a destination. Its what makes it so unique. Start destroying such unique jewels and Tally is just another cookie cutter Florida town with no draw. Also, the second the buildings are torn down it goes from being an incubator through low rent to probably a dead project with empty retail in a few years. Its not the location, its the atmosphere.

Railroad Square has been an avant garde hotspot for at least a decade and a half, if not longer. And I believe someone already mentioned that there is a possible new tenant already lined up for the Proof footprint.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:25 pm
by iTally
I can respect that point of view. RS has been a staple for quite some time. We’ll see if it has the legs to continue standing in the coming years with all of the development happening around it. 

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:53 pm
by music4life85
iTally wrote:I can respect that point of view. RS has been a staple for quite some time. We’ll see if it has the legs to continue standing in the coming years with all of the development happening around it. 
 

Many of the businesses in RRSQ do not have many cross-over customers with Proof. They attracted very different clientele. While there was a small percentage of Proof customers that would provide business to the other RRSQ businesses, the exit of Proof will not be much concern for many business owners in RRSQ as most of those customers will still go to RRSQ without Proof there. 

RRSQ has very little to worry about.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:58 pm
by music4life85
LCpro wrote:
music4life85 wrote:
LCpro wrote:I'm having a brain glitch here... what was the name of the place that closed up last year that was in that newer development on the north side of Tennessee Street where Zoe's Kitchen, the fire pizza place and whatnot are. Did that not have "brewery" in the name?

That was Bento or something. An Asian place. Not a brewery.

No, Bento is not closed. It was a pub/brewery that closed. Was only open a year or so.

Oh you’re thinking of Growler USA, I think. It was located at the corner of Stadium and Tennessee, not where you’re thinking.

Growler USA was not a brewery. It was a very similar business model to that of Brass Tap. Okay food and lots of beer selection on tap. I can promise you the failure of that location has nothing to do with the popularity (or lack thereof) of craft beer. That franchise location was doomed from the start. No marketing. Horrendously tiny space. Poor location with no parking. I was honesty surprised it lasted as long as it did.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:56 am
by LCpro
TallyTownie wrote:I do find it funny that folks on here try and act like South Monroe is an extremely safe, crime-less part of town...and that it is crazy to question the safety of folks walking around that area especially at night.

I absolutely hope the area becomes revitalized, and with Happy Motoring and Proof in the area, I think it is well on its way. But by no means is it there yet. It is still a run down part of town, plain and simple.
Eh, that wasn't my issue and I personally think "safety concerns" in that area Tallahassee are completely overblown. Most crimes occur within neighborhoods, involve persons known to each other and are intra-racial. While you hear about "random" crimes now and then, they are actually very rare. I may feel leery walking a long distance by myself, but I'd feel that way at night in most areas of town south of I-10.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:09 am
by LCpro
I guess I was a little confused as to the nature of Proof's business. After thinking about it, I may have had their business confused with The Brass Tap in my mind. Given what has been explained about their business, the move likely wont have any negative affect upon them. I hope RRSQ continues to thrive with a new compatible development in their place and that it continues to be the place it has been.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:00 pm
by florida
LCpro wrote:I'm having a brain glitch here... what was the name of the place that closed up last year that was in that newer development on the north side of Tennessee Street where Zoe's Kitchen, the fire pizza place and whatnot are. Did that not have "brewery" in the name?
You're thinking of Growler USA (?) it was just a bar, not a brewery.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:29 pm
by music4life85
LCpro wrote:I guess I was a little confused as to the nature of Proof's business. After thinking about it, I may have had their business confused with The Brass Tap in my mind. Given what has been explained about their business, the move likely wont have any negative affect upon them. I hope RRSQ continues to thrive with a new compatible development in their place and that it continues to be the place it has been.

If you haven't before, I would recommend you (and others on this site who may/may not have been before) visit Proof and maybe another local brewery or two (Lake Tribe, Grasslands, Ology, Deep). All are owned by incredibly nice folks and they'd be more than happy to tour their facilities and share with you what their business models are (why they have "tasting rooms," why some do large regional distribution, why others are keeping it small/local, etc.). I think a lot of folks aren't familiar with the craft brewing scene and there are a lot of misconceptions as to how these great businesses function and flourish. Almost all of them are very involved in the community and it's more than just a fad.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:59 am
by iTally
Can anyone provide any credence? I was told tonight by a co-worker his friend had bought or will be renting a portion of the Coke bottling building. The friend is apparently a destiller who will using the space. I hadn’t heard this until today and thought I’d ask here.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:57 am
by asavage
Proof's website talks all about their move to South Monroe. https://www.1320southmonroe.com/ The Coke building that Proof is going into and the Coke bottling plant are two separate buildings. The former is on South Monroe. The latter is further west, either on or near All Saints.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:12 am
by chudan
Proof is going into the more recent former Coca-Cola bottling plant at corner of FAMU Way and Adams Street (https://goo.gl/maps/vdHYcWNJDDP2)

The distillery that has been talked about for awhile is going into the older (original?) former Coca-Cola bottling plant at corner of All Saints and St. Michaels (https://goo.gl/maps/CAa7b53Ge372).

I hope the distillery plan is still in the works. Just last week wife and I drove by the All Saints Coca Cola plant and saw a for sale sign on it with it listed as permitted for 40 residential units. I'm really hoping that someone is not selling the property to tear down the old Coca-Cola plant as it is a beautiful building (if graffiti cleaned) and is very solid architecturally.

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:53 am
by TallyTownie
chudan wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:12 am
Proof is going into the more recent former Coca-Cola bottling plant at corner of FAMU Way and Adams Street (https://goo.gl/maps/vdHYcWNJDDP2)

The distillery that has been talked about for awhile is going into the older (original?) former Coca-Cola bottling plant at corner of All Saints and St. Michaels (https://goo.gl/maps/CAa7b53Ge372).

I hope the distillery plan is still in the works. Just last week wife and I drove by the All Saints Coca Cola plant and saw a for sale sign on it with it listed as permitted for 40 residential units. I'm really hoping that someone is not selling the property to tear down the old Coca-Cola plant as it is a beautiful building (if graffiti cleaned) and is very solid architecturally.
I hope it is still in the works as well. I remember seeing a video on the tally democrat website about a year ago where they interviewed the guy who bought the old coke bottling plant and they were discussing the distillery. By all accounts, I thought they were moving forward...but it looks like there as been zero progress. Maybe a permit issue?

Re: Proof Brewing Co Relocation

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:27 am
by JakeK
Respectfully, this statement is completely inaccurate. I live directly off of S. Monroe and look out of my home office window at this building (Proof's new location), and have since 2008. I also walk regularly to/from Happy Motoring, Subway, Kosta's, Bahn Thai, Cascades, RRSQ, as does my wife with our 6 month-old (including late at night to/from Cascades park for evening strolls after dinner, etc.).

We have never had any issue whatsoever with crime/safety. Yes, it was a bit more 'transitional' until the park opened-up and the pedestrian bridge came into place (better lighting in the area obviously helped), but there should no concerns about the "safety of folks walking around" the area where the new Proof location is being redeveloped, aside from perhaps the necessity of some better traffic calming and a nicer bus stop where people can actually sit down.