FLEMINGTON, NJ – A food court, dining area, and possible distillery are all part of the plans for an expanded Lone Eagle Brewery on Stangl Road here.
The idea is the brainchild of developer Rob Mortara, who developed the Lone Eagle property and leases the space to the brewery’s founders, Todd Becker and Bob King.
Lone Eagle opened last year. King told a meeting of the Flemington Community Partnership this week that brewery production is now at capacity – something he thought would take years to happen.
Mortara said he plans to build on property he owns adjacent to the existing Lone Eagle building. He hopes to submit preliminary plans to the borough soon for approval, with construction hopefully starting in the spring.
The new building would be around 14,000 square feet divided between two floors. About 9,767 square feet would be on the first floor with another 4,355 on the second.
Each floor would be divided into two sides. On the left side of the first floor, 3,410 square feet would be dedicated to the brewery and 680 square feet would be set aside for “artisan manufacturing.” That could be space could be used by Skunktown Distillery, which is located in Raritan Township.
On the right side would be a 570-square-foot shared “artisan kitchen” and eight artisan food stalls, ranging in size from about 160 square feet to 350 square feet.
The brewery would take over about 1,358 square feet on the left side of the second floor. The right side would include a 645-square-foot office, an 1,800-square foot dining area and another five artisan stalls, ranging from around 61 square feet to 123 square feet.
Mortara’s vision is still in the design stage, but he imagines diners ordering their food from a kiosk, and then the food could be brought to their table.
Mortara said the artisan food concept could appeal to several different kinds of restauranteurs. Those operating a food truck might seek to expand their services; those who’d like to start in the food service business would have access to a fully equipped and approved kitchen. And operators of existing restaurants would be able to open a “satellite” location, allowing them to expand their business beyond the walls of an existing restaurant.
The design of the new building will accommodate strict state rules that limit the serving of food at breweries and distilleries. Until now, Lone Eagle has been creative in bringing food to its location. For example, an Oktoberfest celebration planed for Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 will include not only new fall and German-style beers but another popular attraction: Food trucks.