First Look: Growler Haus Village opens for lunch July 28

photography by Will Crooks

The newest addition to the growing Village of West Greenville restaurant scene opens for lunch July 28.

Growler Haus Village located at 12 Lois Ave., across from Shindig Furnishings and next to the Village Wrench bike shop, joins restaurants the Village Grind, Golden Brown & Delicious, and the Anchorage, with Kuka Juice and Neo Burrito planned to open later this summer.

Construction and permitting delays typical in a growing market pushed Growler Haus Village’s proposed opening back from the first quarter of 2017 until now.

Founder Craig Kinley owns locations in Anderson, Fountain Inn, and downtown Spartanburg.

The 2,400-square-foot completely renovated indoor space and an 800-square-foot partially covered patio are decorated with remnants of projects in the Village and reclaimed materials from around the Upstate.

Thrifted sofas and armchairs provide soft seating throughout, church pews reclaimed from Boiling Springs act as banquette seating for custom tables along the center wall, and the bar seats 12 in front of a half-length glass garage door. Total, there’s seating for about 90 inside. A full-length roll-up door opens onto the patio, which will eventually seat upwards of 40 people when the custom tables are completed.

A chalk wall colorfully decorated by Grey Thompson depicts key Village features – the water tower at Brandon Mill, the mill itself, and a brief history of the area. The chalk art also contains hidden “GH” pairings. Guests who photograph them and tag Growler Haus Village on social media will be entered for a $25 gift card.

The main feature – the 32 taps – line the back left wall. A second and smaller set of taps is located in the right side of the space near the kitchen. That will be used for private parties or to accommodate heavier weekend crowds. Most of the beer will be local or regional, Kinley says.

A small plate menu made for snacking while relaxing with a cold one will change seasonally.

Manager Marshall Mahoney, who first worked in the Anderson store as a bartender and manager, says the size of this Growler Haus location will allow him to have a lot more at his disposal, including live music on the patio or indoors, a small area for growing some produce, and the ability to host block parties or other larger events in the parking lot.

Growler Haus Village

12 Lois Ave.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 3-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Closed Sunday



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