Richmond restaurant owners speak out against city funding for Stone Brewing


[ooyala code=”Rvdmg2cjqcEPlY5wqwhHOCY-wM9TI_hE” player_id=”6c21d43b06ee4460a29e40d9542c86ae”]RICHMOND, Va. — Several Richmond restaurant owners told City Council Monday night they support Stone Brewing’s decision to come to Richmond, but they are opposed to the city giving Stone $8 million to open a restaurant.

“We feel they should have to do it on the same merits everybody else in the city has had to work so hard to get,” Michelle Williams, of the Richmond Restaurant Group, told members of council.

Even the co-founders of one of Richmond’s largest breweries, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, spoke at Monday’s council meeting. Hardywood co-founders opened the spot on Ownby Lane in September 2011, but their business really changed after a new law took effect July 2012, which allowed them to sell single glasses of beer (without selling food).

“The disparity in the city’s financial support for Stone versus its homegrown breweries and restaurants is vast,” co-founder Eric McKay, said.

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