AUSTIN -- As a first step toward their microbrewery dreams, Steve Patterson and Brian Miller have re-opened the doors of an Austin landmark as a new bar and grill.
The duo have been trying to launch Prime Stein brewery in Rochester for several years. They had a space and were gearing up to open in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic pulled the plug on that plan.
That put them on a new path.
Patterson and Miller recently opened the doors of Lansing Corners, a rural Austin landmark at 27017 US 218. Located seven miles north of Austin, the historic site first opened in 1938 as a diner and gas station. It eventually evolved into a popular supper club.
The latest version of Lansing Corners as a supper club closed in October.
Now Patterson and Miller have a liquor license for the property and are hosting events there. They are currently painting and refreshing Lansing Corners with the plan to open as a bar and grill in late August.
“We kind of had to go back to the drawing board. It's still our intention to open a brewery and we want to do it at this location. But the first phase will be opening as a bar grill and events center,” said Patterson. “We were originally looking for 4,000-square-feet and we ended up with 14,000 on 4 1/2 acres of land.”
The plan is to open part of the former supper club as a bar and grill and operate the larger dining space as an events center. There are 15 employees on staff plus the owners.
Miller said the history of the location is an advantage for them.
“There’s a lot of opportunity here… It’s a place a lot of people have fond memories of,” he said. "While it’s not going to be a supper club, the locals here are excited that something is opening here.”
They hope to establish a presence and gain a following for the bar and grill. And then they can eventually look to Phase Two to add Prime Stein microbrewery into the mix. That step probably won't happen until 2023, at the earliest.
The bottom line for Patterson and Miller is that they are finally open for business.
“I never really lost confidence... there are always going to be setbacks. It's just about persistence," said Patterson. “We've wanted to be our own bosses for a long time...There's nothing that can stop us... I mean, as long as the world doesn't end again.”