Brewery, food hall coming to former Fountain Inn flour mill.

The former three-story flour mill in downtown Fountain Inn is getting a facelift.

The revitalization project The Mill at Fountain Inn has officially broken ground at the corner of Ellison and Wall streets.

The Mill at Fountain Inn developers and co-owners, Bryan Beal and Nate Tomforde, said they were drawn to the historic location "for the opportunity to take something old and make it new again."

There are three existing buildings on the site, which previously served as a flour mill, auction house and vehicle repair shop. The pair plans to restore all three while preserving the buildings' history and repurposing as much of the original material as possible.

"About two years ago, the flour mill was the last location we saw when we were scouting properties," said Beal. "We knew right away it was the site that matched our vision, and it's been a long road to get here but beyond excited to be a part of this community and its growth potential. It is an honor to bring this community gathering space to downtown Fountain Inn. We are incredibly grateful to the city, the chamber, and all the local leaders who are helping make it possible. We are thankful for the support and partnerships that got us to this point. We can't wait to see our vision for The Mill at Fountain Inn come to life."

The renovation will include a new two-level, 5,000 square feet brewery concept from Nate Tomforde, who also owns Southernside Brewing Co. and Double Stamp Brewing. The brewing equipment will be installed on the ground level, along with cold storage, a bar area and seating on the main level. The second floor will be used for additional seating and special events. The bar will feature around 15 taps, with a wide selection of house-brewed beers, as well as wine and cocktails.

"I've always been drawn to historic locations, and I love seeing what new business development can do for communities," said Tomforde. "What I love about breweries is we're not just selling beer, we're providing a family-friendly environment for people to relax and unwind. We're creating a community gathering spot to hang out with friends and neighbors and meet new people. You might grab some food or a beer while you're here, but we don't expect that to be the only reason you come."

The middle building will become a nearly...

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