Very peculiar — and sad — news for the Raleigh beer community popped on Wednesday afternoon: the downtown Raleigh location for Natty Greene’s will close its doors in August.
The brewery announced they were “closing down the brewhouse” in a press release on Wednesday.
“We had planned to be a part of the downtown Raleigh community for years to come,” brewery co-founder Kayne Fisher said. “Raleigh has become a second home to Natty Greene’s where the community support will make closing down the brewhouse an even harder transition. We hope the community and loyal Natty Green’s followers will continue to support our band and beers despite these unfortunate happenings.”
The brewery also announced August 1, 2015 will be the last day of business at the current downtown Raleigh location, where they’ll hold an all-day shindig and “farewell party.” 11 a.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET and all proceeds will go to the staff from the Raleigh location which, frankly, is pretty awesome of them.
Natty Greene’s Greensboro location — where the brewery originated — remains unchanged. Essentially it came down to issues with ownership/leasing of the building; there’s nothing bad about the brewery in terms of financials here.
“The business was doing great. But when our new landlord took over, the rental rates nearly doubled, which forced us to make this tough decision,” Natty Greene’s spokesperson Carla Dempsey told the Triangle Business Journal.
Indeed, there’s plenty of scuttlebutt about a potential restaurant (or other brewery??) moving into the location after Natty’s vacates.
The brewery opened in 2009, replacing the old Southend Brewery on Glenwood.
On a personal note, Natty Greene’s is where I rode out the tornado that ripped through downtown Raleigh back in 2011. Will never forget the eerie feeling of watching the overhead lamps flicker not really knowing we were a couple hundred yards from mother nature tearing us up.
Thanks for all the good times.