EMBRUN, ON – The future of brewery and pub in Eastern Ontario is in question following the sale of the building where it’s located to another local pub owner.
Brasserie Étienne Brûlé opened in 2016 in a former fire hall owned by Russell Township at 893 Notre-Dame Street in the village of Embrun. The brewery had a five year lease that ended in 2021, and hoped to purchase the building at that time, but negotiations with the Township were unsuccessful.
The brewery has remained as a tenant on a month-to-month basis since then, and the Township ultimately listed the building for sale in January 2022 with an asking price of $925,000.
14 months later, the building has been sold for $750,000 to 10928801 Canada Inc., the parent company of nearby bar and restaurant Homestead Pub. Owner Robin Wheatley confirmed to The Review that Homestead has outgrown its current location at 968 Notre Dame Street, and will be moving to 893 Notre-Dame Street later this year.
The Review was unable to reach Brasserie Étienne Brûlé owner Richard Ménard for a current comment on his future plans for the brewery, but in a January 2022 interview, he indicated that he would need at least three months notice of eviction in order to find a new location, and expected a move would cost at least $100,000.
For more details, see the full article at The Review.
Source: The Review
Photo: Brasserie Étienne Brûlé