Small Town Brewery founders looking to create new Cary brewery

Developer hopes to open Spirit Water Brewery

The two entrepreneurs behind Wauconda’s Small Town Brewery are seeking to rebrand and relocate to Cary.

The village of Cary Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals will hold a hearing and consider the proposal for a brewery/distillery in vacant retail space on Three Oaks Road at its Thursday meeting.

The petitioners, Jagdish Chevli and Tim Kovac, are co-owners of Small Town Brewery in Wauconda and want to relocate their entire business to Cary, said Brian Simmons, Cary’s community development director. The proposed brewpub – Spirit Water Brewery – would be at 3300 Three Oaks Drive, next to the Aldi grocery store.

The two sold the rights to their trademark “Not Your Father’s” brand along with the Small Town Brewery name to Pabst Blue Ribbon several years ago and now want to launch a new venture, Chevli said.

“We thought it was a good transition point,” he said. “We are rebranding what is left of the business and moving to Cary.”

The move could happen in the next two months if all the approvals on the local level go through, he said.

The zoning board will make a recommendation to the Cary Village Board, which likely will consider the matter at its June 18 meeting.

The two plan to buy the eastern half of the building and convert the retail space into a taproom. They want to use an existing warehouse on-site as a brewery/distillery, according to village documents. Vodka, whiskey and beer currently are made at the Wauconda business, according to village documents.

Spirit Water plans to sell products both on-site and to distributors, according to village documents.

The east side of the building formerly housed Marlene’s Hair Salon and Country Tile and Carpet. Fiji Construction and RK Auto and Tire are operating on the property, as well, according to village documents.

The village will need to issue a conditional use permit for the business to operate within the B-2 Shopping Center Business District, according to village documents. The developers also are seeking a variance on parking.

The total number of parking spaces required under city code with the development would be 47 – 21 spaces for the tavern, 5.3 spaces for the brewery, 12 spaces for the auto repair business and 8.6 for the office space, according to village documents.

The property only has an existing 27 spaces, so the village must grant a variance for the project to move forward as proposed.

A variance may be appropriate because the brewery primarily will be open in the early afternoon and evening when the other businesses are closed, according to village documents.

The two are also speaking with Aldi about a potential parking-share agreement for overflow parking, according to village documents.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the requests. The meeting will be held at Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive, in the board room.

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