Risks and challenges
Up to now we have been extremely conservative with executing our business plan and we have kept most of our plans as quiet as possible. We have written and completed our business plan, contacted food suppliers, grain suppliers, hop farms, real estate agents, attorneys, and banks under the radar, trying as best as possible to have all of our ducks in a row before proceeding.
Once we are fully funded, 3 things take off similtaneously. We finalize our lease, Josh will place his order for our brewing system and Josh will file our Brewer's Notice in the state of Ohio.
Once the lease is finalized (and yes we have a property selected and have spoken with the property owner) we begin the permitting process. Permit applications will be filed with the state
Our biggest challenge, after final fundraising, is permitting. Between the state and federal permitting and inspections, the entire process takes about 4-6 months. The average time for the TTB to process a permit application is 81 days but luckily the state will suspend the issuance of their permit until the TTB issues theirs. The goal being that your state permit is not sitting around expiring while we all wait on the feds.
The upside to all of this downtime we will have is we have plenty of time for the interior renovations we need to make on the space we have selected. This portion of the project plays into Nicole's wheelhouse. She is an interior designer and has worked in the construction industry for the last 7 years. Designing the entire interior (bar, kitchen, and seating), designing the brewing room with Josh and getting the people and materials in place to get up and renovating is extremely exciting. The building permit process in Akron is relatively smooth but until the final plans are produced and reviewed by the city/county you never know how it will go. The health department will also need to approve the plans as part of their permitting process but in speaking with them on what they need to complete plan review and permitting, this should not be a difficult process.
That takes us to the construction of the oven. A working prototype was designed, built and used by Nicole at the beginning of 2012. A few design changes have been made during the beta testing but the overall design works beautifully. Once the demolition in our proposed space is completed and the build out is started, Nicole will begin construction of the oven while overseeing the renovations. Overall construction time for the oven should be about a month. (Hopefully less).
Also while we are waiting on the brewery permit process, we will be completing our website design for The Brickoven Brewpub as well as a Twitter account and Facebook page. The ultimate goals of these platforms are integrated online ordering with realtime requests and reviews of our products.
Again, we have tried very hard to make sure every step is completed before we move onto the next step. And we have also made the inital contacts with all government agencies (federal, state, county, and city) and suppliers of all kinds to kick off our working relationships on a positive note.
Our goal is to have all interior and kitchen renovations complete or near complete in time for the brewery permitting completion. But having worked in construction for some time, it is understood that Murphy's Law reigns supreme. We have set aside contingencies in both budgeting and scheduling in our business plan for what is called in the construction industry as "unforseen conditions".
If all goes according to our plan, we hope to be open by the end of 2013, probably Nov/Dec. We can continue to update our progess on Twitter, Facebook, and on our future website.
Below are links to both the state and federal websites for a little more insight into the permitting process. Really, it's thrilling stuff.
Please forward any questions on our plans and progress on The Brickoven Brewpub to Josh's Facebook page. In addition, if you have any questions on any of the rewards we are offering, again please contact us on Facebook.
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