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April 26, 2021 | Tom Ballard

More details released on the “Rugged Entrepreneur’s” plans for Downtown Johnson City

The Johnson City Press reported on plans that Johnson City businessman Scott Andrew has for the Walnut Street corridor that he described in Part 3 of our recent series on the “Rugged Entrepreneur.”

A museum, a rooftop bar, a beer garden and a glass-enclosed tower encasing a multi-story piece of distilling equipment will be fixtures of one of Tennessee Hills’ forthcoming locations on West Walnut Street.

Andrew is partnering with distillery owner Stephen Callahan on the project which will be located in a building that previously housed Preston Woodworking. It will serve as the company’s main production facility, where Tennessee Hills will can wine, sangrias, seltzers, beers and ready-to-drink cocktails. Callahan and Andrew expect to be able to produce 50 barrels of whiskey a day out of the location.

Andrew and Callahan have also officially closed on the Accurate Machine Products building at 710 West Walnut Street, which the partners plan to turn into a boutique-style hotel shaped like a rickhouse, a warehouse for aging whiskey. That will be part of the second phase of the project.

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