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12welve Bistro & Tapwerks in Whitby overflowing with flavour

Restaurant opens to fanfare inside Brock Street Brewing Company

12welve Bistro & Tapwerks owner John Allen recently held a soft opening of the restaurant inside Brock Street Brewery Company's new downtown Whitby location. - Jason Liebregts / Metroland

WHITBY — Brock Street Brewing Company just opened in downtown Whitby, but some people taking their first gulps of cold beer inside the new facility may feel like they’ve been there before.

That’s because the 19,000-square-foot building at 244 Brock St. S., which includes a brewery, restaurant, bottle shop, banquet hall and private members’ lounge, was designed to fit in with the historic character of the area. One glance at the faux reclaimed bricks that adorn the exterior of the three-storey site and its stunning interior features — including wood ceilings, brick columns, century-old light fixtures, restored horse hitch rings and solid copper bar — and guests are instantly transported to another time.

On the main floor sits 12welve Bistro & Tapwerks, the in-house restaurant which has seen a steady flow of patrons since the development’s soft opening last month. Owner and general manager John Allen said that his vision for the eatery was very much in tune with what Brock Street Brewing Co. co-founder Mark Woitzik had in mind when the pair began tossing ideas back and forth for a joint business venture.

“What we wanted to bring Whitby was a very unique space that fit what this building was going to be,” said Allen, who got to know Woitzik and his wife Amanda a couple of years ago while they were regulars at Bollocks Pub and Kitchen in Whitby. Allen opened that establishment in 2016 with his wife, Carrie, following the success of their first location in Pickering.

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