Congratulations to New Albany’s Bank Street Brewhouse for being named Indiana Main Street‘s Best Business of the Year. The award was presented last Friday by Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman along with awards for Develop New Albany Board Member Daniel Chandler and Jeffersonville Main Street‘s special events efforts.
The Bank Street Brewhouse is the vision of Roger Baylor, co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Company, and opened in March winning praise for its food selection. That’s to be expected as the Brewhouse is more than just a bar, its officially a gastropub, a bar with emphasis on high quality food.
An official grand opening began this week and festivities are planned through Sunday. The structure housing the business at 415 Bank Street has undergone quite a transformation thanks to Baylor’s urban-minded vision for revitalizing downtown New Albany and with the help of architect Mose Putney. Once a bread store with an unappealing wooden canopy and vacant for years, the renovated structure features a dramatic trellised patio, large doors opening to sidewalk dining, and could eventually incorporate a second floor office and green roof.
Here’s a bit of information from the N & T:
Bank Street Brewhouse was selected as business of the year based on criteria that judges business innovation and marketing strategies as they impact downtown revitalization efforts.
The New Albany business beat about 20 other applicants for the award.
Chandler pushed the Brewhouse application because of the alternative menu featured at the restaurant â€” which includes a variety of soups, sandwiches and specialty entrees such as mussels and scallops.