Scheduled to go before the city planning commission later today, owners of Harmony Brewing in Eastown have announced plans to expand their Lake Dr. location with two major goals in mind: the first, to expand indoor space for more carryout capacity and eventually delivery service, and the second, to expand indoor and outdoor seating.
Co-owners Barry Vandyke and Heather VanDyke Titus say that although they lease the current smaller outdoor patio space from the owner of the adjacent Subway building at 1540 Lake Dr., they’re hoping to close a deal on the entire Subway building by mid-June.
“Right now we want to take half of the Subway building and make it into more seating for Harmony, with the other half planned as expanded carry out,” VanDyke Titus says. “Then we hope to add delivery…and eventually expand the outdoor seating, add more of a beer garden.”
Though it’s early enough in the process that owners are still running the numbers for renovation expenses against their budgeting for the expansion project, VanDyke Titus says one scenario has them converting the space between the two buildings into a four-seasons room, with another more conservative plan turning the space into a more simple hallway.
She says right now the priority is expanding into a second kitchen space to allow for carry-out and delivery services, hoping to tackle the outdoor seating expansion as a sort of second phase. Either way, once they close the deal on the Subway building, she and her co-owner are excited to bring a little more visibility to Harmony Brewing’s Eastown location -- a move that will put them on the corner of a major Eastown intersection.
VanDyke Titus adds that there are no major plans to expand Harmony’s menu because rather than overextend, they’d rather keep “what’s working, working.”
“One thing we’re excited about is it will allow us to keep doing what we know we’re doing well, but just have more room to do it in,” she says.
Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Harmony Brewing Eastown