Downtown P.G. Welcomes CrossRoads
l-r Bjorn Butow, Mayor Lyn Hall, Eoin Foley of Downtown Prince George, Daryl Leiski -photo 250news
Prince George, B.C.- Downtown Prince George has just received another vote of confidence and a major project.
Two local men, Bjorn Butow and Daryl Leiski, have announced they will be establishing CrossRoads Craft Brewery in the building that most recently was home to Tony Roma’s restaurant on George Street.
“I am ecstatic about this” says Mayor Lyn Hall, “We’ve been waiting for a major announcement for downtown for quite some time, and here it is. The last one we had was the WIDC building, and here we are kitty corner to it.”
Co-owner Bjorn Butow says his work on the Kiwanis Ale Fest showed him Prince George was ready for a craft brewing operation . “We are going to be a manufacturer with a tasting room concept, there will be a small food concept but not a full kitchen.”
Butow is already a home brewer, “I m just a beer enthusiast and a lover of downtown Prince George. As a child I used to come to Niners (previous restaurant incarnation of the site) with my father, and it was always disappointing and sad to me to see the building the way it went through the years.” He says the location is prime with the Farmers Market half a block away, and Summerfest held on George Street, he and partner Daryl Lieski thought “This is going to be the place to be.”
There are still several hoops to go through including building renovations, liquor licensing and permitting, but there is optimism CrossRoads Brewery will be up and ‘flowing’ by the end of this year. The two won’t be content to just be brewing beer, Butow says they hope to expand the manufacturing capabilities to include a distillery, but that is further down the road.
The name of the Brewery is also significant says Butow “We (Prince George) are at the intersection of highways, the railroad junction is here, it’s where the rivers come together, It’s really a crossroads in many ways and for us, its at a point in our lives were we’re coming to that tough decision on what we want to do. We have other careers, but we really want to give something back to the community.”
While the two owners will only say the cost of the project is “expensive” they will qualify for some of the tax incentives and benefits afforded to those who start a business and make major changes to the façade of a building in the downtown core.