'ILL EAGLE Taphouse' set to open in historic Elmira building
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The 'ILL EAGLE Taphouse' is close to opening their doors in the former Elmira federal building.
"We're putting in a taphouse that's going to feature all New York State craft beers and wine," said 'ILL EAGLE Taphouse' owner, Ryan Wieder. "We're going to go out of this state for a couple so we can have a different variety than what most people have."
They'll also be serving up a variety of locally sourced foods.
"We want to be a lot more than just a taproom," said 'ILL EAGLE Taphouse' owner, Nick Difasi. "We're a full restaurant. We're going to be open for lunch through dinner. We're looking at hours of operation, 11AM until 10PM everyday. We really want to be something that you don't see in this area. We want to be very different."
The place will feature two private rooms, pool tables, darts, cornhole, and lobby seating. What separates ILL EAGLE from other places, is the ability to pour your own pint.
"Nobody in this area has that," said Wieder. "I actually saw it on 'Bar Rescue'. So you buy a prepaid card from the bartender, and if you don't want to wait in line for beer, you just go up to the 'Pour My Beer', put your card on it, and you can pour whatever beer you want and it takes the money right off your card."
A part of the project was also funded by New York's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As their opening nears, the owners are eager to unveil their new venture.
"We're super excited," said Difasi. "We were very excited when we got the building, you know, and we had a solid plan getting started. Now we're seeing that plan come together."
The new business is set to open by the end of this month. To stay up to date on the exact opening, be sure to check out the 'ILL EAGLE Taphouse' Facebook page here.