Clarence Boston, who owns Hippin Hops with his wife, Donnica, plans to move Hippin Hops’ primary brewing and distilling operations to Charlotte, North Carolina. The couple already owns a bar in the city and has plans to open a second brewery dubbed Another Brewery, as well as a restaurant called Jive Turkey Hut, there in the coming weeks.
He attributed the East Lake closure to a combination of what he described as Georgia’s restrictive laws and business being slower than expected.
“We loved the Hosea location, but financially, it just made more sense to move it to North Carolina,” Boston said. “It was a tough decision, but if you make $1 million and you give distributors 40 percent of that, that’s a lot of money to put on the table. And with the laws, we can’t sell a keg of beer to the restaurant next door to us without going through a distributor. And East Lake is a great neighborhood, but there’s not as much traffic there as we thought when we leased the property.”
Despite the closure, the Bostons are committed to doing business in metro Atlanta. In addition to the East Atlanta Hippin Hops, they own a Stone Mountain funeral home and are planning to open a Jive Turkey Hut location in metro Atlanta.
Hippin Hops is one of several food and beverage closures for the 2nd + Hosea development, co-owned by Fellini’s and La Fonda owners Clay Harper and Mike Nelson, in part with ReDevStudio. Korean restaurant Salaryman closed earlier this year, while Lake and Oak BBQ closed in 2022 and Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters in 2019.
Current food and beverage concepts in the development include Poor Hendrix, which was recently recognized by the Michelin Guide, Mix’d Up Burger, Perc Coffee and La Fonda. Barbecue concept Gene’s is set to open in the former Salaryman space early next year.
Harper did not immediately respond to The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s request for information on the closure or plans for the Hippin Hops space.
Hippin Hops’ East Lake location is one of several metro Atlanta craft breweries to close in 2023, including Anderby Brewing, Blackberry Farms, Candler Rail Brewery, Orpheus Brewing and Second Self Beer Co.
Atlanta Brewing Company, Atlanta’s oldest craft brewery, scrapped plans to reopen in the Underground Atlanta development after closing its original Upper Westside location in 2022, while Burnt Hickory Brewing closed its location in Kennesaw with plans to relocate.
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