GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Dave Griess talked things over with his contractor Friday afternoon, with only a few weeks left before his business must open. He and his family finally have the green light to open after months of uncertainty and a change of location.
“About January they knew we were interested and they called and had somebody else that was interested and obviously we couldn’t take it because we didn’t know our situation then,” said Griess.
Because they won’t serve food or brew on site, the city considers them an adult business. Those businesses aren’t allowed to open within a certain distance from public areas. Back in October, Griess asked the city to lift the restriction.
“What was affecting the location they wanted to go into was a small park,” said Grants Pass Parks and Community Development Assistant Director Lora Glover.
At first, the city council voted 5-1 in favor of changing the ordinance for the Griess family.
“Unfortunately a few weeks later, they decided to change that vote and which sort of put us in limbo,” said Griess.
Griess said he was still poised to open and was working with the O.L.C.C. to offer the minimum amount of food.
“If we had to have food, we were going to find a way to do it. It may have been minimal, we weren’t going to be the best restaurant or anything like that but we would have been open,” said Griess.
This week, the city council decided to go back to the ordinance that had been in place before, but on a technicality, leave room for Griess Family Brews to open.
“Because the first approval had been in place, they were allowing that to stand until May first, then it goes back to how it was before. So, we have that short window of opportunity,” said Glover
Griess said after starting in his kitchen five years ago, the first pint will soon be served.
“It’s exciting, it’s scary, we’ll just see what happens,” said Griess
Griess expects to be open by the end of the month and definitely by May 1st.