Chamblee, GA, July 21, 2017 — by Trey Benton — The Chamblee City Council has approved several variances needed for the renovation of the former Chamblee Bistro building located at 5480 Peachtree Rd., to create a craft brewery and brewpub there. The plan is that Droptank Brewing Company will spend about a half-million dollars renovating and improving the interior and exterior of the circa 1953 building that sits squarely in the middle of the City’s Historic Downtown.
According to the application filed by owner Caroline Leslie, the overall structural (building) plan includes a remodel creating a 2,555 square foot craft brewery which will occupy the west half of the building and a 2,705 square foot brewpub/restaurant will occupy the east half of the building.
Outdoors, the project will include extensive landscaping, landscape islands and maybe, a Bocce court. A 5-foot-wide path is also planned “connecting” the front door of Droptank to the sidewalk along Broad Street (near where the City’s fountain resides).
City Councilman John Mesa told The Post about two years ago Mike Plummer of Southbound introduced him to the Droptank folks. He said since then, the search was on to find a home for their vision. “At some point the stars aligned with the beer laws, available property, and the right business partners came together to move this project forward,” said Mesa.
Droptank Brewing Company is projecting they will be open for business in Spring/Summer of 2018.