Demolition is beginning immediately at the former Jake’s Nightclub in Bloomington, to make way for the Switchyard Brewing Company.
The brewery will serve beer and food at the location it’s leasing at 419 North Walnut Street. In a statement co-founder Jeff Hall said the building will have a dual purpose — it will transform from a collaborative workspace in the day to pub with live music at night.
“As the day goes on you have all these creative types working on their projects, mingling, hanging out in our space, and the evening time it will convert more to that brewpub concept everyone’s aware of,” says co-founder Kurtis Cummings.
This is Switchyard’s third attempt to find a location. Switchyard originally planned to build a brewery along South Rogers Street, but those plans were scrapped in 2016. Then the brewery announced plans to build at the former site of the Elm Heights Bloomingfoods, but that didn’t happen either.
“At the end of the day, starting up a business from scratch, from a two-car garage, is really difficult,” Cummings says. “And when you’re looking at a project that’s a brewery, which is so capital intensive, sometimes plans fall through.”
Cummings says they have to put a new roof on the old Jake’s Nightclub building, install new HVAC systems and renovate the interior.
Switchyard hopes to open the collaborative work space/brew pub by December 2017.
Ashley Curtis contributed to this post. This post has been updated.