A brewery is set to open in Wellington later this year and has chosen a name reflective of its historic location.
Mechanic Street Brewing Company will operate at the former home of Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant, 111 East Herrick Ave., with owners targeting a fall opening.
The stretch was known as Mechanics Street in the village’s early years and the building is believed to be where Archibald Willard gained original inspiration for his world-famous “The Spirit of ’76” painting as he watched preparations for Fourth of July festivities.
Ryan Worcester, a 2007 Black River High School graduate, will own and run the brewery.
The building was purchased for $50,000 in Spring 2018 by JPW LLC of Spencer, which is owned by Ryan’s father, Jeff Worcester.
“I’m from the area and I thought it was something that would benefit Wellington,” Ryan said. “I thought it’d be good for the this community. It’s a great community and we look forward to getting started.”
Worcester unveiled plans Saturday to visitors at Main Street Wellington’s office during the organization’s Beat the Winter Blues with Brews and Wine About Winter event.
All beer will be original and brewed on-site, with varieties expected to include India pale ale and amber ale. The establishment will not have a kitchen but snacks such as popcorn could be offered, Worcester said.
In March 2017, a suspected electrical fire in an upstairs apartment severely damaged Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant, permanently shuttering its doors and leaving the space vacant.
“We are in the process of renovating the building right now,” Worcester said. “Mainly, it’s been about getting rid of a lot of dirt and cleaning up. There really wasn’t too much structural damage or a bad smoke smell to get rid of.”