BEATRICE — A downtown building that houses a brewery in Beatrice could become Nebraska’s first indoor entertainment district if the city initially paves the way with ordinance changes.
The Mercantile Building at 310 Court St. houses the Stone Hollow Brewery, Smoke and Fire Cigars and a boutique called The Gorgeous Hanger. Zoning ordinances allow alcoholic beverages only in the brewery, so patrons can’t carry any of those beverages along while visiting the other shops inside the building. Having the building become an entertainment district would remove the restriction.
“They’ve just been having problems down there,” City Attorney Abby Stark said at Monday night’s council meeting. “It sounds like people want to walk around and see the rest of the building