Early rendering of Surly’s destination complex from February 2011 (Photo courtesy of Surly)
After months of research, Surly is setting its sights on a former food processing plant near University Ave. in the Prospect Park neighborhood. It’s just down the street from what will eventually be the Central Corridor light rail’s "Westgate" station.
Surly is working with the city to apply for environmental remediation grants to clean up the area, which has had 150 years of industrial use.
Minneapolis-based architectural firm HGA will design the craft-beer maker’s $20 million destination brewery that will include a bar, restaurant, event center, beer garden and rooftop terrace.
HGA has “designed a mausoleum, a Swedish-American cultural center, and the sleek headquarters of General Mills,” blogs Laura Yuen on The Cities.
“I have had a picture of what our Destination Brewery will look like in my head for more than a year now and we’re sure HGA can make that vision a reality,” said Surly President Omar Ansari in a statement. “HGA’s unique designs are helping shape the Twin Cities and we want our project to have a positive lasting impression.”