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BrewRiver is a restaurant group that elevates the cuisine in the brewery taproom while still keeping up with the high demand for convenience & speed that a taproom needs. BrewRiver partnered with Sonder Brewing Company to launch it's turnkey food service. Craft beer is artisanal and is meant to be paired with great food, and that's where BrewRiver comes in. This is BrewRiver's second location.
The BrewRiver team has run restaurants in Cincinnati since 2012. The founders of the GastroPub gained an appreciation for elevated, but approachable cuisine when they worked with Emeril Lagasse in the 1990’s working in the front and back of the house for the world famous NOLA restaurant in New Orleans. Chef Michael Shields worked as an executive chef to help Emeril expand his restaurant group into Atlanta, GA and has also held executive chef positions at The Cheesecake Factory and Bravo.
GM Joby Bowman and Chef Michael have run BrewRiver GastroPub and its Catering business for six years now. They are currently expanding into a larger space for a new incarnation, the BrewRiver Creole Kitchen. Simultaneously, they are opening the restaurant inside of Sonder Brewing’s new $5 million dollar facility in an affluent suburb of Cincinnati.
The Problem for Every Brewery: The Food
People across America have fallen in love with craft breweries, and BrewRiver wants to know Why is food an afterthought? When people drink quality craft beer, they want to eat good food too! It keeps them in the taproom drinking more. Food trucks have tried to fill this gap, but trying to serve big weekend crowds is really hard, and your typical food truck doesn’t always do justice to the art of craft beer. Craft brewers don't want to run restaurants, they want to make great beer. That's why BrewRiver got started.
BrewRiver Elevates Food for the Taproom
We create elevated food dishes, elegantly created with superior ingredients, and made-from-scratch, all on-site. BrewRiver and Sonder have partnered on a menu that complements and enhances the experience of drinking craft beer. And we do it with fast & convenient counter service. With BrewRiver we're building a:
Franchise of turnkey managed food service (or tenant-contract operations)
Create elevated food dishes that convey the unique styles of the brewery
Fast counter-based food service with low operational costs
Breweries don't have to worry about serving food anymore. Instead, they can focus on what they do best, brewing beer. Together, we create a gastropub vibe that compels the guest to come back for more. BrewRiver plans to build this model for new breweries across the region. BrewRiver at Sonder Brewery is a prototype for this new model.
Why Invest in BrewRiver
We Make Brewery Food Soooo Much Better
We build walk-up service restaurants with elevated food inside brewery taprooms. Unlike traditional restaurants, we don't carry the high overhead of a typical restaurant with a full wait staff. We simply manage the kitchen that serves the brewery taproom. By placing our restaurants in high traffic breweries, where an estimated 1 in 4 guests are expected to order an average plate of $15, we feel confident in our ability to reach our Pro-forma financial projections.
Launching with our First Large Brewery: Sonder Brewing
Breweries are the new hangouts across America, and we've partnered with a big one. Sonder Brewing just built a $5M facility. Its located in upscale Mason, Ohio, named Money Magazine’s #7 Most Livable City in 2013. Sonder has a 30 BBL system run by an accomplished brewer imported from New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin. Sonder's serving plenty of craft beer and BrewRiver will be serving plenty of food. BrewRiver was chosen after an extensive review of multiple food partner. Because of our experience running a gastropub we know how to successfully incorporate beer into our culinary art. Together, we've already opened doors on 10/27.
This is the 2nd Location for BrewRiver
BrewRiver is run by serial restaurateur Joby Bowman, who’s owned and operated BrewRiver Gastropub and the Brew River Creole Kitchen, both in Cincinnati. She’s joined by Executive Chef, Michael Shields, who helped expand Emeril Lagasse restaurants into Atlanta, and has now run the BrewRiver kitchens for the last seven years. Together, BrewRiver has built a strong brand that will continue to grow across the region.
How Will We Expand?
As breweries continue to expand across America, we believe the key differentiator is to create a solid food offering. Why should breweries struggle to operate a restaurant when that's not their wheelhouse? BrewRiver food will be integral to the taproom experience and our initial partnership with Sonder creates a great deal of awareness for our business to expand to other breweries.
Meet the Management Team
Joby Bowman is the owner and Managing Partner of BrewRiver GastroPub (BRGP) and has been serving in this role for the last seven years. Her first fine dining restaurant experience was in college when she worked at Grand Finale as a server. She knew then that hospitality, food, and beverage would be a driving passion in her life. She expanded her knowledge and experience at NOLA Restaurant in New Orleans, working as a front waiter/team service leader. At BRGP she oversees Front of House Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, and catering events.
Chef Michael Shields has a successful track record in the restaurant industry. He graduated from the Midwest Culinary Institute in 1994, then grew his cuisine and Back of House management skills working between Emeril's NOLA restaurant and Emeril’s Atlanta. He later went on to become an executive chef for both Bravo Italian and The Cheesecake Factory where he was responsible for all kitchen operations in the high volume, large menu format. He became a General Manager in addition to Executive Chef for Forkable Feast, an upscale catering and gourmet to go business. And for the last 7 years, he has been an Ownership Partner and Executive Chef at BrewRiver Restaurants.
Chef Michael is known as a creative and innovative food visionary. BrewRiver was the first true Gastropub in 2011, and since then has been mimicked across Cincinnati. He was the first in the city to create a menu in which craft beer is the featured ingredient in 90% of the recipes. Michael has also been homebrewing for over 25 years.
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Raise Target: Minimum of $10,000 and up to $107,000
Minimum Investment: $50
Discount: The first $10,000 subscribed will receive a 30% discount. Incremental investments subscribed will be at a 20% discount.
Pre-Money Valuation Cap: $1,500,000
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We are so excited to bring elevated, beer-friendly food to Sonder Brewing. We got our start in the restaurant business at an early age and gained a real appreciation for fine food. We moved to New Orleans and it opened a whole new world of possibility. It was then that we knew we wanted to open a great restaurant that pays tribute to Creole cuisine.In 2012, we moved back to Cincinnati and saw what was happening with craft beer, and so we opened BrewRiver GastroPub. Now we move to the next stage in our plans, expansion. We want others to share the experience of amazing, made from scratch, but accessible food served in the taproom along with their favorite beer.
We believe in engaging the community in our success. We could not have made it this far without the support of our guests and the appreciation of BrewRiver’s presence shown to us by the people of Greater Cincinnati. We are confident that this project will be amazingly successful and we want to share it in partnership back with you.
We welcome you to join us as investors in this exciting project!
Thanks so much!
Joby and Michael
BrewRiver: Elevated Food at Sonder Brewing has made the following updates:
How did you come up with the idea?
We have always envisioned expansion in our business plan. We opened the restaurant and a year later we expanded into a separate location for our catering company. We have also always been beer centered. One of our early concepts was to open a brewery in addition to the restaurant. When we read about Sonder Brewery and met their team, we realized that this was a good partnership opportunity with an opening in a new part of town with a first-class brewing operation.
Why is this so important to do?
Food and beer are meant to be served together. Artisans make amazing beer and serve it in their taprooms, but the food hasn’t always lived up to the beer. We want to change that. People love having important business events and personal celebration gatherings at breweries. We can provide a true sit-down culinary experience through counter service to enhance the brewery guest’s experience.
What are your plans to grow and scale the business?
We want to make BrewRiver @ Sonder a success first and foremost. We’ll learn a lot and refine our working model for the first 12 months. We believe BrewRiver @ Sonder is going to be a rewarding and challenging growth business on its own. Importantly, we also think that the drop-in food service model for breweries can be expanded to other new breweries quite well.
We can create chef-crafted menus for each new brewery using the same formula of elevated, convenient, beer-friendly food. As we scale we can employ a commissary model and gain some efficiencies on cost.
Why are BrewRiver and Sonder good for each other?
Sonder is a large new brewery in an affluent Cincinnati neighborhood surrounded by the typical chain restaurants & high-end strip malls. That area doesn’t have a brewery yet, and especially one with a unique high-end food option yet. That’s where BrewRiver’s operating experience paired with the high-volume brewery traffic of Sonder will be synergistic.
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