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New craft brewery, taproom eyed for Midtown Global Market

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The owner of a new craft brewery and taproom announced Tuesday he has applied for a conditional use permit to open in an underutilized corner of the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Ryan Pitman, CEO of Eastlake Craft Brewery LLC revealed in a post on the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood community website he plans to build a brewery in several stalls in the southeast corner of the Midtown Global Market facing Lake Street, to be named Eastlake Craft Brewery.

The project will include a production brewery, a taproom selling exclusively Eastlake beers and non-alcoholic beverages made on-site, a seating area and two new restrooms.

"During the day, our intention is to be a family-friendly destination, with house-made cane sugar and stevia sodas and kombucha available on tap, in addition to our craft beer," Pitman said. "After the market closes at 8 p.m., there will be an entrance along Lake Street for the tap room. An indoor vestibule will be available for people to wait in during busy times."

No food will be served at this site, although customers will be allowed and encouraged to bring in food from other vendors in the Midtown Market to consume on-site.

Eastlake's filing with the Minneapolis Planning Commission indicated the brewery and taproom together would be 2,100 square feet, including 1,600 square feet for the taproom.

The brewery is seeking permission for 122 square feet of new signage along Lake Street and 26 square feet of new signage along 10th Avenue South.

"We plan to be an anchor for the Midtown Global Market, located in a mostly vacant corner, and we hope to attract new business," Pitman said in his post. "We also plan to add to the growing magnetism of the area and keep nearby residents in Midtown as an alternative to nearby Uptown and Seward, particularly with the proximity with the Chicago & Lake Transit Station and Midtown Greenway access."