A new brewery planned for the Niagara County hamlet of Bergholz received a $200,000 loan Wednesday from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
Barge Brewing Co., owned by Jeremy Hogan and James Soliday, plans to acquire the former Meeting Place diner and the old Bergholz Fire Co. hall at 2469 Niagara Road, near the western border of the Town of Wheatfield.
In a $750,000 project, Barge Brewing will set up what it calls a "nano-brewery" on the first floor of the former fire hall, with a tasting room on the second floor.
A nano-brewery produces "very small batches of beer," NCIDA Executive Director Susan C. Langdon said.
The former diner will be reopened as a bar and restaurant with second-floor space for weddings and other large events.
The application from Hogan, a Medina man who tried unsuccessfully to operate a brewery in that community, and Soliday, a Wheatfield resident, projected the equivalent of 22 full-time jobs within three years. The loan is for 63 months at 3.25%.