The Veil Brewing Co. is making another run at a second location in Scott’s Addition.
The brewery is planning to open a tasting room at 1509 Belleville St., where it was once planned to be an anchor tenant of a food hall that never materialized.
Charles Bice, who owns the Belleville property with development partner Birck Turnbull, said despite the food hall falling through last summer, The Veil remained interested in expanding its presence in Scott’s Addition.
He said The Veil is set to occupy about 8,200 square feet in the building, which is about two blocks from its current home at 1301 Roseneath Road, where it has its brewing operations and taproom.
Bice said the remaining 10,800 square feet in the Belleville building will be redeveloped as office space.
“We pretty quickly pivoted to the idea of using the majority of the space for office use while keeping The Veil as our anchor tenant,” Bice said. “We’ve seen demand for office out there, and that’s really where we have the majority of our experience.”
Bice and Turnbull have a close relationship with The Veil. The developer duo co-owns The Veil’s Roseneath location with the brewery co-founders Dave Michelow, Matt Tarpey and Dustin Durrance. And Bice and Turnbull also own The Veil’s new Forest Hill location.
Michelow was not available for comment by press time.
Bice said it is his understanding The Veil will keep the Roseneath Road location going for production.
The building at 1509 Belleville was once a candy factory, and Bice said they’re planning to renovate it with the help of historic tax credits. He said they’re planning to demolish a roughly 8,000-square-foot addition that was made on the building’s south end.
“At one time there was a CrossFit gym there. It’s a latter-day addition to the original candy factory. We’re going to take that addition down to make way for parking for the project,” Bice said.
Turnbull is marketing the office space at the project, which is available to be subdivided.
“We’d love to have a tenant that takes up the full space. But if it’s two or three tenants, that’s great as well,” Bice said.
Work on the building has already begun, and Bice said they’re hoping to have the space ready for The Veil to open on Belleville at the start of 2022.
Fultz & Singh is the project’s architect. UrbanCore is the general contractor. Virginia Credit Union is the lender. The cost of the development was not disclosed.
Bice and Turnbull have another office project underway a bit west of Scott’s Addition. Last fall, they bought an office building at 2120 Staples Mill Road and kicked off a renovation of the 17,000-square-foot building.
Bice said work on the building is moving along well and that they’re in late discussions with a tenant for part of the building.