Sly Fox Brewing Company has announced they will be the exclusive beer provider for Belly – Kitchen & Drinkery, a broad hospitality concept with on-site catering, a campus-wide liquor license and special programming owned and operated by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa.
Sly Fox will serve as the venue’s craft beer sponsor, while GoggleWorks’ culinary team, comprised of Chef Jim Churchman and Bar Manager Dustin Wise, will create the food and cocktail menus at the new bistro. Sly Fox’s Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly will oversee the beer program.
In case you’re unfamiliar about GoggleWorks, here’s the deal: the impressive facility is located in the former Willson Goggle Factory (circa 1871) in downtown Reading. It’s a five-story, 145,000-square-foot complex that features:
- six large teaching studios in ceramics, hot and warm glass, metalsmithing, photography, and woodworking
- 35 juried studios for artists and makers working in a variety of mediums
- dozens of music, arts, and other cultural organizations
- several major exhibition galleries
- a 131-seat theatre
- a GoggleWorks Store featuring the work of over 200 artists from GoggleWorks and beyond
- And, now hospitality concept with a restaurant and bar, onsite catering & a liquor license
Belly – Kitchen & Drinkery will be headquartered on the ground floor of GoggleWorks, with its operating team serving beyond the on-site restaurant and bar (a 3,100 square-foot space that replaces a previously small cafe), catering to the art center’s many weddings, graduations, anniversaries and many more milestone events that are hosted on the premise.
The restaurant itself is slated to open end of summer and will have seating capacity for about 70 people and can accommodate up to 350 people with the adjoining concert area. You can also expect lunch, dinner and weekend brunches to be served.
GoggleWorks Executive Director Levi Landis relayed that the only way they could pull off “an all-encompassing, high-quality food initiative was with unassailable partners. Sly Fox Brewing Company will ignite our visitor experience immensely.”
At Belly – Kitchen & Drinkery, O’Reilly will curate a tap system devoted entirely to Sly Fox beers, paying special attention to a variety of seasonal and experimental offerings. The brewery will also sponsor Sly Fox Stage, a state-of-the-art sound stage that will serve as the entertainment center and pulse of the restaurant space. In addition, O’Reilly will add rare one-off beers and collaboration brews throughout the year.
Here’s an extra perk, with the new campus-wide liquor license, you can expect Sly Fox beverages throughout the campus—including the Boscov Film Theatre’s daily movie screenings. Following the launch of Belly, there are also future plans for things like an outdoor seasonal beer garden and culinary classes.
For more details, visit goggleworks.org. Stay on the cusp of Belly – Kitchen & Drinkery’s opening, by following their Facebook. Score all of Sly Fox’s updates too, by visiting their Facebook and Instagram.