Dave Bryan hopes his fruits, vegetables and clients will prosper in a greenhouse setting, however not trees.
Bryan wishes to buy the previous Lake County Greenhouse at the southeast corner of Indiana Avenue and North Street and transform it into a farm-to-table design restaurant, brewery and flower shop. Bryan, who owns Crown Brewing and Bryan’s Florist in Crown Point, would transfer the flower designer however keep Crown Brewing where it is.
“They would be two separate entities as far as the kinds of food we will have,” he stated of the two restaurant/brewery areas.
Zack Bryan stated, “We have a chef from Chicago we’ve been working with. We wish to produce a principle so we have beer and food that go together. Our beer menu has a great deal of seasonal beers now, and we want to do that with the food. The menu will alter weekly or month-to-month, depending on exactly what is in season.”
Lake County Greenhouse closed about 12 years earlier after about 70 years in business. Dave Bryan said he intends to save at least half the 60,000 square feet of greenhouses and use them not just to grow a lot of the vegetables and fruits for the restaurant however as the seating location for consumers. He said he’s seen a similar principle being used in Europe.
“We’ve remained in the greenhouse company all my life, and I understand ways to heat and cool it,” he stated.
Right now the majority of the greenhouses are in good shape other than the wood needs to be removed and repainted, old plumbing, heating systems and benches need to be gotten rid of, the glass panes have to be changed and the trees have to be eliminated. The dirt floors of the greenhouses have actually been changed into a city forest of types like Tree of Heaven.
Dave Bryan said getting rid of the trees will be the simplest part of the task. The brewery will inhabit another area of the greenhouses and one area could be left open and cobblestoned for outdoor dining.
Maybe oddly, Bryan doesn’t plan to grow flowers in the greenhouses for his floral designer shop. He has a greenhouse for that in Gary and said it’s also cheaper to obtain flowers from South America. He’s still in the process of getting state and federal approvals for the brewery, but he wants to be open by the end of the summer of 2017, if he can get a little assistance.
The seven-acre website is five more than he needs for his operation, even with the parking, and he’s trying to find a couple of other businesses that might be interested in improving either side of him. He’s even going to consider another dining establishment, he said. Since the task was first aired at the city’s Plan Commission, he’s had numerous calls from individuals interested in joining him.
“It’s fantastic to us how the city and everybody has greeted us with open arms and stated they are happy to see something done on that corner, particularly repurposing the greenhouses that are tied to the history of the town,” Dave Bryan stated.
“Hopefully we will quickly have been under glass,” Zack Bryan included.
As well as in it.