Craft-beer bar chain the Brass Tap to open in Towson early 2018

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 10:39:39 PM. With two locations already in Maryland, the Brass Tap — a craft-beer chain bar and restaurant based in Tampa, Fla. — will welcome its third in January, this time at Towson Town Center.
Craft-beer bar and restaurant chain the Brass Tap will open at Towson Town Center early next year, which will make it the third franchise to operate in Maryland. First-time restaurant owner Mike Kettell said the restaurant would open to the public on Jan. 8, pending inspections and permitting, inside a former clothing retail store in the Towson mall. The 3,700-square-foot space has been gutted, and construction is half complete, he said. Kettell owns the Pasadena-based Xtreme Hood Cleaning, which cleans commercial cooking equipment, but the Brass Tap will be his first restaurant, he said. A homebrewer and active member of the Air Force, both for more than three decades, Kettell said he became interested in owning a franchise after learning about the Brass Tap online. “There’s a huge interest out there just in terms of the craft-beer concept, and what it has to offer,” Kettell said. “It’s something that’s moving forward.” The Brass Tap currently has Maryland locations in Mid-Town Belvedere in Baltimore and the National Harbor. Kettell said he has signed a second franchise agreement, and is currently looking for a location either in Baltimore or its surrounding counties, he said. Beer-wise, the focus will be local, he said. Of the 60 total draft lines, 50 to 55 will be beers produced by Maryland breweries. The majority of the cans and bottles options — of which there will be 100-150 — would also be local, Kettell said. “There’s no shortage for options in terms of local...Read more
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