New brew pub coming to Lenoir

Apr. 20, 2014 @ 09:53 AM

Downtown Lenoir may be getting a second beer maker.

Stephen Loe, a chef and brewer, bought the former Greyhound bus station at 1048 Harper Ave., across the street from Robin's Nest, last week and plans to convert the 2,400-square-feet building into a micro pub with indoor dining space for about 50 and patio space for another 25-30, said Loe's father, Bob Loe, who will serve as assistant brewer and financial officer.

"It looks like things are falling into place," Bob Loe said.

Stephen Loe will bring in equipment for the brewing operation but will have to wait a few weeks for a license to begin brewing, Bob Loe said. In the meantime, Loe will offer some choice beers made in the region.

The Loes previously partnered with Mario Mastroeli to open Granite Falls Brewing Co., a popular gastro-pub that opened eight months ago in the former Pepsi-Cola bottling plant off Duke Street. Stephen Loe, a Granite Falls native, served as executive chef. On Feb. 10, Granite Falls Brewing bought out the Loes' shares and on Feb. 15 hired a new brewmaster.

Before that, Loe had been making and selling craft beers to area restaurants and locals since 2011 and served as executive chef at Bistro 127 in Hickory.