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Champion Brewing Co. to open Grace Street spot

Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 09, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — Another Charlottesville-based brewery wants to take a bigger gulp of the Richmond market – and it’s using the local food scene as part of its recipe.

Champion Brewing Co. plans to fill the long-vacant Aurora Restaurant at 401 E. Grace St. with a new brewpub, the company announced on Saturday.

It signed a lease last week for the 6,000-square-foot site at the intersection of Fourth and Grace streets.

“I love that part of town,” Hunter Smith, Champion Brewing Company president and head brewer, said of the city’s arts district. “We’re connected to the arts here in Charlottesville, and felt this would be a good location for us to do the same in Richmond.”

His company plans to invest about $500,000 to transform the location into a brewpub by late December, Smith said.

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