Big Woods Speedway breaks ground on Main StreetSRC Member
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Sept. 8, 2015
Big Woods Speedway breaks ground on Main Street
Popular Southern Indiana brewpub expected to open before 100th running of Indianapolis 500
Speedway, Ind. – The Speedway Redevelopment Commission gathered today with owners of Big Woods Brewing Co. to break ground on the construction of Big Woods Speedway at the corner of 10th and Main streets.
As part of the celebration, the four co-owners put up the iconic 15- by 10-foot Big Woods sign, toasted the beginning of construction and gave away gift cards as a parting gift for those who attended. In addition, guests enjoyed samples of Big Woods’ most popular menu items and craft beers, which will be featured at the new restaurant.
Big Woods Speedway, which will feature a 7,500-square-foot restaurant and 10,000-square-foot beer garden, is the third Big Woods location in Indiana. Co-owner Jeff McCabe says it will take the best of what it has developed in its Nashville and Bloomington locations to create a destination experience for residents and the millions of visitors who come to Speedway annually.
“Big Woods Speedway serves as an impressive anchor to Main Street’s south end,” said Vince Noblet, president of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. “The opening of its award-winning restaurant will result in positive growth for the Town of Speedway. We also really appreciate their commitment to creating a festive customer experience and believe that will play very well in Speedway.”
Town Council President David Lindsey said Big Woods Speedway will offer further diversity to Main Street businesses and increase visitors to the area.
“Big Woods’ craft beer and inspired menu will add a new layer of fine dining and entertainment options to our growing list of Main Street businesses and restaurants – all of which will encourage even more families to visit Speedway,” he said.
Big Woods Speedway expects to create 75 jobs when it opens next year. Its goal is to be fully operational just in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
“We were drawn to the iconic nature and historic destination of the Town of Speedway, which is well-placed in the Big Woods/Quaff ON! distribution area,” said McCabe. “We could immediately see the vision for community revitalization and wanted to be a part of it.”
The new location will serve a full menu, including artisanal pizza and smoked pork nachos made famous at Big Woods’ Nashville restaurant. New to Speedway will be Chef Dan Nichols’ Triple B Burger, the winner in the James Beard Foundation’s Better Burger Project, which featured chefs from across the nation. The part beef/part mushroom burger can be paired with Big Woods’ best-in-class craft beer selection, including brews from the group’s Quaff ON! brewery in Bloomington, as well as with Foyt Family Wines and other spirits.
Customers can keep track of the project by watching a live construction video feed on bigwoodsspeedway.com and follow @BWSpeedway. To get a better taste of what’s to come, Big Woods beer school is offered every Saturday at 11 a.m. in Nashville. The group meets in front of the Big Woods Brewing Company, located at the corner of Honeysuckle and Molly’s Lane. Admission is $5, or $10 including a pint glass.
About Speedway Redevelopment Commission
The SRC consists of five volunteers appointed by the Speedway Town Council. Using input from the entire community, the commission is charged with developing a plan to revitalize a 700-acre area, including Speedway’s Main Street and the large area to the northwest termed Area 2. More information about the SRC is available at www.speedwayindiana.com.
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