Microbrewery, Pub expands to Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. - The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council reported that in 2015 Start-up Peoria helped make 12 business ideas become a reality. Outside of brand new businesses, there’s also been a number of other businesses that have expanded to the area.

We're proud to report that there’s more on the way.

Obed and Issac’s Microbrewery and Eatery will open in mid-summer in downtown Peoria. Karen Conn is one of the owners.

“We want to see the success of Peoria and we have high expectations,” said Conn. She’s the President of Conn Hospitality Group. The company is creating another option for you to grab food, a drink, or play some games outside.

Conn and her husband, Court, run the business with their sons in Springfield, but in a few months they'll add location number two: 321 Monroe in Peoria.

“Some members of the downtown economic development council invited us to come up to Peoria to take a look at downtown in the Warehouse District and see if it's anything that can work for us,” explained Court Conn. “When we looked at the Warehouse District we really liked a lot of the cool buildings down there, but for the most part they were pretty landlocked and we felt we needed to have the outdoor space -that's part of our business model.”

From wheat ales to black IPA, this microbrewery will soon offer a spectrum of beers, ciders, and other drinks. The Conns said they looked at St. Louis and other Central Illinois towns, but it was conversations with city leaders and personal experiences playing in Peoria that has them tapping in to the River City's roots. They hope to brew up big business come midsummer.

Another part of the Obed and Issac’s business model is saving historic buildings like the vacant church they're moving into in downtown Peoria.

 


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