CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Brewing Co. on Quarrier Street will no longer serve food, but instead will be replaced by Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, a popular Huntington-based restaurant.
The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, which owns the space Charleston Brewing Co. occupies, approved a lease agreement to that effect at its meeting Wednesday morning.
The new Black Sheep restaurant will be the second location for the business, which was founded in Huntington in 2011 by owner Patrick Guthrie.
While Black Sheep will take over the restaurant portion of the Quarrier Street space, the brewery section of Charleston Brewing Co. will remain and will continue to produce beer.
Ann Saville, who owns the brewpub, said Black Sheep will take over the space Jan. 1, 2014. At that point, the brewpub will have no control over the restaurant, bar and kitchen, and will only operate the brewery.
"There's absolutely no fiscal connection," Saville said. "We just happen to be right next to each other."
Until then, the Charleston Brewing Co.'s restaurant will remain open, but may not have lunch service on some days.
After Black Sheep takes over, Saville said it will take some time to renovate the kitchen and restaurant area, but the bar could remain open during that time, if Guthrie chooses.
"He struck me as being extremely knowledgeable," she said of Guthrie.
Black Sheep serves a variety of specialty burritos, tacos and quesadillas. There are also sandwiches and a kids' menu.
"It looks good," she said of the Black Sheep menu. "I'm looking forward to his style of cooking."
As for the brewery, Saville said beer would continue to be produced. In fact, the brewery is in the process of having its beer shipped around West Virginia in kegs through a distributor.
"We'll certainly be making beer," she said. "It's doing very well. We haven't had a bad batch."