The Jamestown Brewing Company has announced it will temporarily shut down until a New York state liquor license is received so operations could resume.
The restaurant – which is located at the building formerly known as the Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center at the corner of W. Third and Washington Streets – initially opened in mid July despite not having its license.
The business is owned and operated by the father-son partnership of John McClellan Sr. and John McClellan Jr. of Buffalo. They are leasing the space from the building owner, G. Patti Enterprises, which received a portion of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant to renovate the building.
Delays in that renovation effort has led to the McClellan’s suing G. Patti Enterprises for a breach of contract and that issue is still being played out in State Supreme Court in Erie County.
Meanwhile there is no word on when the State will finally grant to the liquor license, which is needed in order for JBC to not only serve alcoholic drinks but also begin brewing its own beer.