National Capital Commission sees
'contemporary purpose' for historic landmark; Fall opening likely
CANADA’S CAPITAL REGION, April 15 /CNW/ -The National Capital Commission
(NCC) and Mill Street Brewery jointly announced today the signing of a
long-term lease for the Thompson- Perkins Mill that will be the new
home of the Mill Street Brew Pub.
The heritage building at 555 Wellington Street in the LeBreton Flats
will be the home of Mill Street's Brewery and Pub in Ottawa. The first
Mill Street Brew Pub opened in 2006 in Toronto's Distillery Historic
District, following the establishment of the Mill Street Brewery itself
in 2002 on the same site which was previously a distillery tankhouse
built in the late 1870s.
Continuing the Mill Street tradition of paying homage to the rich
Canadian history of brewing, the new LeBreton Flats location, built in
1842, also reflects Mill Street's longterm goals of putting down roots
in communities in which the company is active and dedicated. Already
involved in the Ottawa region via partnerships and participation in
events such as Bluesfest, the Dragon Boat Festival, and this year for
the first time, the Capital Hoedown and Bon Appetit, Mill Street felt
that Ottawa was the obvious choice for the next step of the company's
"We're very excited to become even more active in the community by
opening what will be a truly unique facility in Ottawa, and we plan to
be up and running sometime this fall," said Steve Abrams, Founder of
Mill Street Brewery. "Not only will we have the opportunity to showcase
our specialty beers, but we'll offer an exceptional dining experience,
innovative food pairings, brewery tours and sampling, plus the creation
of specialty beers for the local market that will only be available
on-site and at select Ottawa establishments."
The new Mill Street Brewery and Pub will seat approximately 400 people
(including up to 120 on the patio) and create up to 60 new jobs. The
location itself evokes a brewing tradition as brewery and distillery
operations have flourished in the vicinity of the Flats and Chaudieres
Island over centuries. The Thompson-Perkins Mill site is a prominent
landmark within the LeBreton Flats area and the Ottawa River islands.
The site and building offer unique views of the Capital, attractive
access to the Ottawa River and exemplify the history and industrial
heritage of Canada's Capital Region. It was one of the first grist
mills to be built at the Chaudière Falls, and is the oldest surviving
building in the industrial complex. The Thompson-Perkins Mill is owned
by the National Capital Commission (NCC).
"The NCC's mandate is to manage and preserve physical assets of national
significance on behalf of future generations of Canadians," said Marie
Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC. "The best way to do this is
to make sure they serve a useful and contemporary purpose which Mill
Street has definitely dedicated themselves to creating."
Since 2006, the NCC has made a substantial investment in the
rehabilitation required to preserve the integrity of the
Thompson-Perkins Mill's exterior and to reinstate it so that it would
be viable to accommodate a new tenant.
For more information, contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090
(TTY), 1-800- 465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY),
or visit the website at www.canadascapital.ca.
For more information on Mill Street, go to
http://www.millstreetbrewpub.ca and http://www.millstreetbrewery.com
SOURCE Mill Street Brewery
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