1. Crispy’s Springfield Gallery 1735 North Main Street
Owner John Crispens is renovating long vacant 1735 N. Main St. into an Italian-themed restaurant and bar, art gallery and dry cleaning service called Crispy’s Springfield Gallery. Originally, the Akra Brothers department store, when it was built in 1933, the 5,850-square-foot space will reopen as a 150-seat bar and restaurant featuring pizza, paninis, sandwiches and salads along with 24 craft beers on tap, locally roasted and brewed coffee.
In addition, the building’s unique architectural features, including terrazzo marble floors, a grand staircase and giant skylights will be restored. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Crispy’s promises to be a catalyst for growth and revitalization on Main Streeet featuring local artists in the neighborhood themed restaurant.
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2. Hyperion Brewing Company 1740/1744 Main Street
Hyperion Brewing Company will become the city’s first Nano-Brewery when it opens at 1740 Main Street on May 19, 2017. Plans for the 5,545 square foot space call for the construction of a small production facility that will provide artisan beers sold through an on-site brewpub. The new brewery will serve a variety of beer styles, traditional and innovative, on a 1BBL system, ensuring there is an offering for each guest to enjoy.
A Nielson Household Panel Survey stated that primary reason consumers purchase craft beer is to experiment with different styles or flavors. In response to that survey, Hyperion Brewing will serve a rotating tap list without a “core” group of beers. “We prefer flights to flagships. We believe in freedom of choice.” Owner Alexandra McKeown says, “Our goal is to let the public decide what our core beers should be. We will use our POS system data and feedback from guests in the taproom to determine which beers to distribute in the future.”
While Hyperion will primarily serve their beer in the brewpub, plans also include a limited distribution of product within the Jacksonville market.