Iron Hand Brewing will be the newest brewpub on the local landscape, according to a news release. Owner Rebecca Williams recently executed a lease with State Street Land LLC to operate her brewpub in the 4,051-square-foot ground floor of the former Waterfront Rescue Mission building at 206 State St., within the historic DeTonti Square neighborhood in downtown Mobile.
The name Iron Hand Brewing is derived from the namesake of the neighborhood. Henri DeTonti, the 17th century French explorer, lost a hand in battle and had it replaced with a hook, according to Williams. After that, his men started calling him Iron Hand DeTonti.
Head brewer Ben Ross has been a craft beer aficionado since the 1990s. Ross began experimenting with various beer styles as a home brewer and recently won two awards for his Pumpkin Ale at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery’s Emerald Coast Spring Break Challenge, a home brewing competition in Navarre, Florida. Ross’s Pumpkin Ale won “Best Specialty Beer” and “Best Overall Beer,” beating out 70 other contestants from across the Southeast.
Renovations of the 1927 historic building are ongoing and an opening is anticipated in late summer or early fall. The developer of the facility is Lafayette Land Co., managed by chief operating officer Christopher G. Huffman. Robert Maurin is the architect and David Shearer is historical consultant for the project. Updates on progress can be found on the Iron Hand Brewing Facebook page.
The building features a full commercial kitchen and cafeteria that will be converted into the brewery. The brewpub will offer menu items paired with its beer and also incorporate beer into its recipes. The menu will feature American pub fare such as burgers and fries, and also offer British pub fare such as bangers and mash. David Dexter and Heather Huffman of NAI-Mobile brokered the lease transaction.
More commercial real estate moves
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. has leased a 4,000-square-foot industrial building at 105 County Road 32 in Summerdale. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the tenant. Daryl Cleworth with Merrill P. Thomas worked for the landlord.
Threaded Fasteners Inc., founded in Mobile in 1979, recently announced it is finalizing the move from its 358 St. Louis St. property, which it has occupied since 1990. The 50,000-square-foot downtown building was recently sold to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the future home of Innovation PortAL. The building will be repurposed for the tech incubator, according to Threaded Fasteners corporate counsel Brian Pugh.
Threaded Fasteners’ 16 employees handling counter sales and inside sales will be incorporated into the 80,000-square-foot home office facility alongside national distribution center employees and upper management. The company is located at 3200 Crichton St., directly behind Riley Stuart Supply off of Western Drive.
Mellow Mushroom recently opened its third Mobile eatery, at 2409 Schillinger Road in West Mobile, to massive foot traffic, according to local owner Chad Hicks. First-week sales numbers vaulted the new store to fifth place overall among the Atlanta-based chain’s nearly 200 locations, followed up with a seventh-place ranking in week two of operations.
“This is the first time that I was able to build a restaurant from the ground up. The theme of this one is a pirate ship,” Hicks said. The new building is about 5,000 square feet, sits on roughly an acre of property and has created almost 40 new jobs in the area. The midtown and Old Shell Road locations were also recently listed among the Top 25 in guest satisfaction surveys in the franchise, according to Hicks.
Payroll Vault recently opened a second location in Baldwin County, according to operations manager Cadie Gaut. The locally owned franchise has leased a 1,000-square-foot office space at 757 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope, adjacent to The Warehouse Bakery Co.
Haint Blue Brewing Co. exercised its option to purchase the historic Crystal Ice warehouse, located at 806 Monroe St. in downtown Mobile, for $175,000. The company has been leasing the 7,000-square-foot property since April 2016, according to John Peebles with NAI-Mobile, who represented the seller. Hamilton & Co. worked for the buyers.
Mobile Pediatrics Clinics LLC has purchased its 6,000-square-foot office building at 6321 Piccadilly Square in Mobile for $650,000. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the seller. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the buyer. Southland Capital Realty Group was the referring firm.
According to Charlie Christmas of Christmas Properties, a Mississippi developer picked up roughly 1.9 acres off Satchel Paige Drive in McGowin Park for $975,000. Plans are in place to build a Hilton-brand hotel property. Christmas worked for the buyer and real estate broker Joe Little III represented the seller, McGowin Properties Limited.
A 4,000-square-foot industrial building was recently purchased by Davis Family Investments LLC. The property is located in Commercial Park at 7831 Bullitt Drive in Mobile. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the buyer. Bob Cooper of BHHS Cooper Commercial represented the seller. The company will use the location to facilitate its ground delivery business for FedEx in the Mobile area.
Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties reported enrG-IV LLC, a hydration spa and functional medicine clinic, has leased some 1,375 square feet of retail space located at 3099 Loop Road within Loop Road Shopping Center in Orange Beach. The spa opened for business this month. Meeks managed the transaction.
Lewis Brock of Colonial Life Insurance has leased 1,000 square feet of office space at 6304 Piccadilly Square Drive in Mobile. Elizabeth Drews of Naborhood Realty & Development Inc. represented the landlord. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the tenant. The anticipated opening date is June 1, 2017.
Buns in the Sun has moved to Loop Road Shopping Center, 3099 Loop Road in Orange Beach, and is leasing 1,780 square feet of restaurant space. The eatery is a new concept featuring Asian steamed buns with a Southern flair and plans to open June 1. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
Some $250,000 was paid by a Baldwin County Circle K, located at 2021 Gulf Shores Parkway, for a plot of land adjacent to the store. Plans are in place to expand and upgrade the retail location. Tim Herrington with Herrington Realty represented the buyer. Beth Pierce of Beth Pierce Real Estate worked for the seller.