We're in the final renovations to the historic Mt. Vernon Hotel in Easton, PA. The building was close to falling over when we bought the building at Sheriff's sale last year. Through our life's savings, a loan from the Greater Easton Development Program and two SBA loans, we're near completion. Why do we need your help? Construction always costs more and takes longer! We need a little bit extra to make sure that the beer that we expertly brew gets to you at the proper temperature and carbonation. For that we need a state of the art draft system that costs about $20,000. We will be a brewpub, a full service restaurant that produces its own beer. We will also serve fine spirits and wine.
The building has undergone substantial structural upgrade. All four floors of the building have been reframed and include steel structural elements as well. An elevator is in the process of being installed in order to facilitate second floor dining and third floor banquet/conference space. All of the historic windows have been repaired, and three pair of French doors have been installed leading from the second floor dining room to the balcony to give a New Orleans feel to the second floor. Most of the tin ceilings have been retained and repaired as well as some of the historic light fixtures.
The brewing system has been ordered and will ship in early to mid October. We have hired Wayne Milford, formerly of Dogfish Head, as our Head Brewer. The kitchen is nearly complete and we have hired Jeremy Bialker, formerly of Porter's Pub and Vintage Restaurants as our head chef, who will serve a farm to table gourmet comfort food menu.
The project has taken longer and been more expensive than originally budgeted, that's why we ask you to join us and help us finish with great beer served properly in your glass!
Risks and challenges
The risks are great with any start-up restaurant. We've uncovered and dealt with all the surprises in renovating an old, historic building. We are first time restaurateurs, although the Reynards have operated a specialty coffee shop successfully for seven years. We're mitigating this risk by hiring an experienced talented staff. Mark Reid will be our restaurant manager and has managed several successful restaurants in Boston, before moving to the Easton area and managing several operations for Wegman's grocery store. Jeremy Bialker, our chef is a very experienced chef, having worked at Porter's Pub and Vintage in the Easton area. Our brewer is Wayne Milford, who was a head brewer at Dogfish Head in Delaware and an assistant brewer at Climax Brewing in New Jersey prior to that. We feel that our concept and our staff's talents will overcome the risks associated with a new restaurant venture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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