ST. PETERSBURG — Purveyors of fine ale can cheer. A speciality beer joint will open some time this year in part of the former YWCA.
The Brass Tap will bring 70 taps, 300 craft beers and live music to the historic building at 655 Second Ave. S. An opening date is unclear.
The Brass Tap has locations in Brandon, Trinity and Wesley Chapel. A restaurant will occupy another part of the building, according to the Brass Tap's Facebook page.
Real estate investor Trish Moore, who has renovated several properties in Tampa, purchased the YWCA building for $552,600 last summer. She expected to invest about $400,000 to renovate what was originally built as a funeral home. To meet building codes, Moore had to raise the ceiling, add a ramp from the parking lot and install a new elevator.
Moore is not seeking historic designation for tax credits on the 88-year-old structure because that would limit what she could do to the outside of the building.