BrewDog coming to Lincoln – where four others failed

Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog will move into a part of the Old Constitutional Club in Lincoln that used to house Brewhaus.

Marketing agents for the £2.5m building Fleurets confirmed BrewDog is taking on a joint venture with Red’s True Barbecue, which was bought out of administration by Aaron Mellor of Tokyo Industries, who owns the nightclub building.

He is forming the venture with BrewDog on the ground floor. The first floor and basements are still available to purchase.

Since 2014 at least four businesses have tried and failed to stay long-term in the building, including German-themed Brewhaus and Tiago Lincoln Brazilian restaurant.

Now BrewDog and Red’s True Barbecue will try their luck, but it is not yet known when they will open at the Lincoln site.

BrewDog Lincoln now has its own Facebook page with a profile picture saying “Coming Soon”.

BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, who together own over 40% of the company. In 2018 the firm opened the world’s first craft beer hotel in Columbus, Ohio,

Red’s True Barbecue was bought out of administration, safeguarding over 200 jobs, and six of the company’s seven restaurants were sold to Newcastle-based Tokyo Industries.

The Constitutional Club on Silver Street was put up for sale. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Venue history

Tokyo nightclub closed in June 2014 following complaints about the alcohol being served by the operators.

It was taken over by a trio of local music producers, who opened it as a new club called Circle, plus a ground floor bar called Brewhaus, in October 2014.

In autumn 2018, Bill & Keith’s F*cked up Jazz Club, which didn’t play any jazz music, opened in the former Circle night club. It “raised the roof” so much the roof fell off in September 2018.

The building was also formerly occupied by the Tiago Lincoln Brazilian restaurant, which closed after a one out of five stars hygiene rating from city council inspectors.

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