With an offer pending on the building at 331 and 333 Broad Street, owner Jay Shell says he will be officially closing the doors on the Rome City Brewing Company at the end of business on Saturday, April 3. It will be almost 12 years to the day that he originally opened as ‘333 on Broad’ on May 1, 2009.
“It is very strange…it is nearly 12 years to the day that I will be closing from when I first opened on Broad Street,” says Shell. “And it was a year ago today that we had been on such a high business wise…our first quarter of 2020 was incredible and then we were shutdown as COVID hit. And once we could reopen, there was nothing we could do to out run the pandemic since we couldn’t have any big events, crowds.”
The pandemic hit the brewery hard, which Shell co-owns with Dr. Trent Prault. They closed the brewery in last September, sold the brewing equipment and transitioned the business into a dining and lounge operation until they could sell the building. And it appears that might be happening soon.
“We are in negotiations with an offering on the building. I am confident that it will sell in the near future. We plan to close at the end of business on April 3rd, pending the sale of the building,” he says.
It was four years ago when Shell and Prault opened their microbrewery at 325 Broad St., the Brewhouse Music & Grill once owned by Shell before he sold the business in 2018. They expanded and relocated down the street to their current location at 331-333 Broad St., where Shell previously operated a restaurant, 333 on Broad.
And now Shell is moving on to a new opportunity with Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation as a Crew Leader assisting with sports programs and special events.
“I am actually working to put together a concert series at Ridge Ferry Park for this summer. We’ve been approved to have events on May 8, June 5 and July 4th Freedom concert all with 2,000 people that will be safely, socially distanced in pods. We will be releasing more details soon,” says Shell.
“But I am very exciting to be moving on to something else that keeps me in the music business a little bit. It is an exciting opportunity for Floyd County as well to bring in these events…I am definitely still doing something I love.”
In the meantime, Shell has a lot of RCBC growlers and merchandise to sell.
“We will be pushing to sell the growlers…we have quite a bit left so folks can get a memento of Rome’s first brewery. We are also still selling our last batch of brew that we started last summer. And we have lots of t-shirts and hats to get out of here,” he say.