Growler Haus is launching a third location in the Upstate, adding to its Anderson and Spartanburg presence. The Fountain Inn spot held a soft opening recently and started food service this week with Table 301’s Papi’s Tacos sharing space in the partnership.
Behind the concrete bar are 24 taps of rotating craft beers and ciders, many from local or regional producers. Growler Haus offers on-site pints along with 32-ounce and 64-ounce growler fills. Peppered with couches and cozy armchairs, the atmosphere is designed to be “cozy café,” said beer-tender Laura Collins. The space also features televisions for game nights and a nook with table for larger parties.
Vacant for nearly 15 years, the Main Street space has retained exposed plank walls and the original stamped tin ceiling. Inside the kitchen, a wall mural depicts a village cantina scene for Papi’s Tacos. Near the salvaged wood sign is the “Christopher Walk-in” cooler featuring the unmistakable face of actor Christopher Walken.
Owner Craig Kinley said much of the decision to launch a new location in Fountain Inn was the city’s proactive approach to courting small business and assistance from the Greenville Redevelopment Corporation. A built-in craft beer audience in the form of international employees from about 50 nearby businesses is a plus, said Kinley.
Growler Haus plans to offer Taco Tuesday specials in conjunction with beer flight specials, said Collins.
[ Photos by April A. Morris ]