For years, the Melrose Bar and Restaurant on 17th Avenue was the heart of the Red Mile, so when the doors closed abruptly at the beginning of 2014, there was a great deal of curiosity around what would fill the sports bar’s void.
In late 2014, the restaurant side of the former bar was re-opened as the Fratello brother’s Corbeaux Bakehouse; a space that experienced instant success, and now, after a year’s worth of speculation, its been confirmed that 17th Avenue’s first brewery will open next door by the end of 2015.
Taking its name from the streetcar that used to operate in the Beltline neighbourhood, Trolley Five Brewery and Restaurant will include a large restaurant, a 70-person bar top, private tasting rooms, and access to the two-floor brewery.
To bring this new concept to fruition, Melrose’s Wayne Leong has partnered with 1410 World Bier House’s Ernie Tsu and PJ L’Heureux of Craft Beer Market, two long-standing members of the local beer and restaurant scene.
As the trio pushes for an aggressive opening date, there’s a great deal of excitement around bringing energy back to the former Melrose space.
And as Leong says: “There are a lot of great memories in those walls, but I am looking forward to seeing what new memories will be made with this next chapter of the building. We have spent so much time with the community pre-planning this project that we believe this building will add so much to the area, and are excited for it to commence.”
Beyond the focus of creating high quality craft beer, Trolley Five will also feature a fresh, locally sourced menu and a small but attractive south-facing patio where patrons can catch all the action happening on the strip.
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