HARBOUR GRACE, NL – A disused Catholic church in the town of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland has been purchased by the owners of Yellowbelly Brewery who are planning to redevelop it into a tourist destination that will include a brewery, taphouse, beer garden, hotel, and spa.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been a landmark in the town since 1892, but was closed in 2014. A real estate appraisal that year declared it to have no market value, while an engineering consultation estimated that it would cost $9 million for a full restoration of the historic building.
Craig Flynn and Brenda O’Reilly of Yellowbelly have come to an agreement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Falls to take possession of the cathedral, and will be undertaking a renovation project that will start in early 2019, with an aim to open the brewery, taphouse, and beer garden by the summer of 2020. The hotel and spa will follow at a later date.
For more details, see the full report from CBC News.