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Brew Ales & Eats coming soon to downtown DL

Brew Ales & Eats in Perham has earned local loyalty and will soon try its concept in a location in downtown Detroit Lakes. File photo.

News of a new restaurant in town is brewing…

Brew Ales & Eats from Perham is essentially cloning itself and “hopping” over to Detroit Lakes.

The bar and grill-style restaurant will be located in the Downtown Crossing, in the space previously occupied by Maid-Rite Diner.

The crew from Brew is currently tearing down a good chunk of the inside in order to re-style it in Brew fashion  - a concepts made popular in the original Perham location.

“It’s a unique environment to the lakes area in terms of decoration and atmosphere,” said Nate Hunter, who along with his wife, Gretchen, have joined the owners of the Perham location in starting up the second Brew Ales & Eats.

“It’s got a metro feel to it with the décor and lighting, draft beer, different drinks, architecture…” said Hunter, who says it’s definitely “not the typical bar and grill you’d find around here.”

Brew Ales & Eats will be located in the Downtown Crossing. Paula Quam/FNS

Original owners Alex Belquist and Britt Nelson opened their Brew in Perham in 2011 with a location change last May, and Hunter says during that time they’ve continued to do a lot of research on different draft beers and trendy cocktails that prove popular.

“They’re constantly looking for new types of beers to bring in,” said Hunter, adding that right now they’ll be offering 30 draft beers.

But it isn’t all about the drinks.

Brew will also be serving up a wide variety of food, including gouda pickles, quesadillas, chicken burgers, hamburgers and other types of appetizers.

The Brew isn’t just expanding from one town to the next, it will also be expanding its new building quarters.

Contractors will soon be punching out the wall on the west side of the space to make additional room for customers and adding some outdoor seating.

Once the spot is ready to go, Hunter says all four owners will be in there figuring out the last details before opening up sometime around April 1.

Gretchen Hunter, who has gained several years of experience working at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, will be managing the new Brew.

“She’s been around there and she enjoys that atmosphere, so she’s pretty excited about it,” said Hunter, who says it’s Gretchen and Britt Nelson who go way back, growing up as neighbors in New Rockford, ND.

The wheels were put in motion when Brent Kuhne, DLM Downtown Properties  partner (which owns the Downtown Crossing Buildings), was talking to his long time acquaintance — Nate Hunter.

“He (Kuhne) was looking for a new idea to go in that spot, and he mentioned how he really liked the Brew in Perham,” said Hunter, “and I said, ‘hey, I know the people who own that, I’ll talk to them and see if they’d be interested in starting up another place here.’”

One thing led to another, and all four decided to invest into the promise of Detroit Lakes and the prime location along highway 10.

“In the past eight years I’ve lived here, I’ve heard from so many people how they’d love to get another option in here, and we just feel with the feedback that we’ve gotten that this will be a good fit,” said Hunter, who says if all goes as planned,  they will  be open 7 days a week until 2 a.m.

For the latest on construction progress and more on what’s to come, there is a facebook page set up under Brew Ales & Eats Detroit Lakes.