Craft beer is flowing out of the tap and pub eats are flying out of the kitchen once again at a popular Gaithersburg microbrewery.
Growlers Brew Pub in Olde Towne reopened its doors to patrons Aug. 4. after temporarily closing down in January when a pipe burst and poured thousands of gallons of water into the East Diamond Avenue restaurant.
“We had a lot of extensive water damage,” General Manager Chuck Blessing Jr. said in February. “Most of the damage is structural.”
Blessing initially hoped the brew pub would be back in operation by the beginning of April, but a growing list of projects and repairs delayed the opening. Now calling the closure a “blessing in disguise,” Blessing said it created the opportunity to undertake larger, more complicated projects.
“The winter was miserable but it afforded us the time to make repairs and renovations to the building that we would never have been able to do without closing the building,” Blessing said Monday.
Changes include an open concept main level, new flooring on the upper level and the deck, a freshly painted interior and the renovation of both kitchens. Fixes were also made to many of the bulkheads.
All said and done, Blessing said the construction work cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Even with the seven-month shutdown, Blessing said he was able to retain most of the pub’s bartenders and kitchen staff.
With the construction process behind him, Blessing said he is happy to finally be able to welcome back patrons.
“We were busy this week so I’m excited,” he said Monday. “We have a lot of happy customers with our beer and our food and our service.”