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By John WagnerThe Associated PressCLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) The city that became the nation’s capital after the Civil War is looking to expand and bring in new business.
Cleveland’s plans are being met with a sense of urgency and a bit of fear as the city seeks to attract new customers to its burgeoning beer and wine industries.
The city is preparing to open some of its biggest breweries this summer with a handful of new locations.
There will be a handful opening next month and a few in October, but most are still in the planning stages, said Brian Schiller, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff.
The goal is to make the area attractive for business and the economy, he said.
It’s a bold move by the city to tap into the booming craft brewing industry in the heart of Cleveland.
That’s helped make it a major draw for visitors, with beer tours, festivals and even a live band and a food truck serving pizza and other items.
Some of the projects are aimed at the area’s booming retail and restaurant industries, but it also will help the city get some of that money it needs to rebuild and invest in infrastructure, Schiller said.
That’s important, because Cleveland has a backlog of about $5 billion in repair and maintenance needs and it needs a lot of money to keep the streets safe, he added.
Schiller says the city’s goal is for the new breweries to be open for a year or two.
He said the first few will open this summer, but expects that to be the case all year.
There’s no timeline yet for the city.
The area’s economy is in a slow recovery from the Great Recession and the city is looking for a way to capitalize on that, Schillersaid.
The mayor wants to lure craft brewers and small businesses to the area, and the new locations will help.
The city plans to spend about $40 million in the first year to expand craft breweries and craft food, he noted.
The cities plan to create a new business incubator for small businesses, which is expected to attract companies like Lattice Brewing Co., a Columbus-based craft brewery, and Ghent Brewing Co. that’s based in Cleveland.
The breweries are also seeking to attract businesses that have been left out of the downtown revitalization, Schilling said.
Those businesses include food trucks, retail outlets and other businesses.
The businesses that will open include:Brunswick Brewing Co.; St. Croix Brewing Co.: A new brewery that will have a full bar and a patio; The Paddlefish Grill and Beer Garden in the Cleveland suburb of Cleveland Heights; and the Cantina in Southlake, which will have outdoor seating.
The restaurants are expected to open this year.
Schiller would not say when the restaurants will open or where.
The first three new breweries are expected in 2018 and 2019.
The fourth, the BrewDog Brewery, is scheduled to open next year.