Verde, RavenBeer owners in talks to open brewpub at Harbor Point

A new brewpub pairing pizza with beer could be coming to Harbor Point.

In a marriage equally pragmatic and delicious, beer and pizza could come together at a brewpub that's being proposed for Harbor Point. 

The owners of Verde and RavenBeer are teaming up to open Harbor Point Brewery and Cucina, a brewpub that would be on the first floor of the Exelon tower. RavenBeer owner Stephen Demczuk said the group has signed a letter of intent and has been negotiating with the building's owner, Beatty Development Group, since September.

Chris Seiler, a spokesman for Beatty Development Group, confirmed his company was in talks with Verde and RavenBeer, but said the group does not comment on such deals until leases are signed.

Originally, Demczuk said Verde and RavenBeer were looking to open a similar concept at Nine East 33rd, the new student apartment building near Johns Hopkins University. After that deal fell through, they turned their sights to Harbor Point. 

Harbor Point Brewery and Cucina would serve the pizzas Verde has built its reputation on in Canton, as well as burgers, steaks and seafood — "a lot of it still with an Italian flair," Demczuk said.

And, as its tentative name suggests, the brewery would also make beer onsite. Demczuk said he would continue to bottle and keg at Peabody Heights Brewery in addition to brewing at the Harbor Point location.

He's working to purchase a German-made Caspary brewhouse — which Demczuk said is "like the Mercedes Benz of brewhouses" — for the new space. The brewhouse (a term for the equipment used to brew beer) would have the capacity to produce about 2,200 barrels of beer annually.

Harbor Point Brewery and Cucina would serve RavenBeer favorites, like Raven Special Lager and Tell Tale Heart IPA, as well as brews only available in-house and special collaborations with other breweries.

The space would be between 5,700 and 6,000 square feet and seat about 175 guests, Demczuk said.

The team is still looking for investors to raise about $1.1 million of the $2.4 million needed to open the brewpub, Demczuk said. If all goes as planned, he expects the restaurant and brewery to open early next year.

Edward Bosco and Marianne Kresevich, the husband and wife who own Verde, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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