Whitby Council approves Town Brewery pop-up at historic waterfront Pump House

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Published May 16, 2023 at 1:10 pm

Whitby residents and visitors to the town’s waterfront will be able to enjoy a cold craft brew from Town Brewery at the historic Pump House this summer after Council approved a five-year pop-up food and beverage operation at the Water Street site.

“This is the first of many good news stories about the redevelopment of our waterfront,” said Whitby Mayor Elizabeth Roy, who has been working with the brewery on the project for several years. “The presence of Town Brewery will help make the waterfront more vibrant and welcoming for residents and visitors alike. We know that waterfront improvements are a priority for our community and I’m thrilled that this Council is delivering results.”

Town Brewery, which opened their brewery and tap house nearby on Charles Street in 2017, will open the pop-up location on July 1, just in time for Canada Day. It will remain open through fall 2023, at which time the licensed space will become available for other short-term tenants.

“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the Town of Whitby to bring life back to the historic Whitby Pump House this summer,” said brewery general manager and co-founder Jeff Talmey, who added that the brewery has focused on “strengthening our community through good work and good times” since they first opened.

“There’s a lot of work ahead and details to iron out but keep your eye on our socials for the latest updates. A huge thank you to the Town of Whitby staff and all members of council for your support on this project. We’ll be working hard to make it something everyone in Whitby can enjoy and be proud of.”

Last year, the Town completed work to rehabilitate and preserve the 119 year-old Pump House building. Temporary exterior fences will be in place throughout the pilot project to protect the exterior structure.

This project is part of ongoing efforts by Whitby Council to revitalize the waterfront after public consultations for the new Community Strategic Plan revealed that “enhancing public enjoyment of the waterfront” is one of the top priorities for Whitby residents.

Built in 1904, the Pump House was Whitby’s first water pumping station. It has been vacant since 1984 when expansion took place at the water treatment plant located adjacent and east of the building.

The Town Brewery pop-up will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

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