Urbanrest Brewing Co. will be opening a second taproom and small production facility at 210 W. Nine Mile Road, the former home of EnSoul Yoga.

Urbanrest Brewing Co. will be opening a second taproom and small production facility at 210 W. Nine Mile Road, the former home of EnSoul Yoga.

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Urbanrest Brewing Co. to open second taproom on Nine Mile Road

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 24, 2021

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FERNDALE — A local brewing company will be renovating a downtown space on Nine Mile Road for a secondary location.

During its March 8 meeting, the Ferndale City Council gave Urbanrest Brewing Co. the approval it needed to move forward with a second taproom and small production facility at 210 W. Nine Mile Road.

The main Urbanrest taproom is located at 2615 Wolcott St., near Woodward Heights. The home of its new taproom previously was the home of a yoga studio, though it’s been vacant for more than a year.

Co-owner Zach Typinski stated at the meeting that he and his wife have been looking to expand in Ferndale and are excited to invigorate the downtown space and “bring our family friendly approach” to this concept.

“The support of (the city) is the reason that we’re doubling down within this community,” he said. “My wife and I live within this community, we operate one business and now I’m looking to expand on that and reach a little bit of a different kind of clientele. We just appreciate the community that all of you have cultivated. … We’re excited to move forward into an awesome, awesome historical space within the district.”

Community and Economic Development Director Jordan Twardy told C & G Newspapers that Urbanrest is rehabbing and restoring the space, which he referred to as a long-standing building on that strip of the West Nine Mile Road streetscape.

“That row of buildings that’s got those terra cotta tiles, that stretch of buildings is sort of like an iconic part of the West Nine Mile streetscape, so they’ll be kind of breathing a next phase of life into that storefront,” he said.

The approval City Council gave to Urbanrest, a Michigan Liquor Control Commission Local Government Approval Form, was not as in-depth as usual for a license because, for an off-premise tasting room, a Class C liquor license or tavern license wasn’t needed.

When asked by City Councilman Greg Pawlica during the meeting for any comparable establishments in Ferndale, Twardy said Valentine Distilling Co. and Schramm’s Mead are the closest businesses to what’s being done by Urbanrest.

“Originally, when (Valentine Distilling Co.) started out, they sold their drinks in the same facility where they produced them. So that would be the closest example to what is being done here, but obviously this one does not involve liquor,” Twardy said.

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