Gate City Brewing Co. celebrates the grand opening of The Artillery Room — historic Roswell’s newest gathering space and craft cocktail experience. The newly renovated 3,700-square-foot space boasts upstairs loft seating and an outdoor terrace for the community to enjoy. The expansive roll-up garage door opening on Canton Street becomes the ‘gateway’ to the brewery’s compound and Gate City Taproom. This project had been dreamt of by owners Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser for years before the perfect opportunity arose. Through resilient ambition, they began to see their dreams come true in a way that honors both the history and the potential of this new gathering space.
Gate City Brewing Co. officially opened their taproom in 2015, serving exclusively Gate City made craft beer and offering a place for the Roswell community to enjoy. The mission was to bring people and community together, and after over six years of business, they have done just that. In 2017, Gate City Brewing Co. was named the 21st fastest growing brewery in the United States. The owners recognized the trend in the marketplace as customers were looking for something more than just beer. Their community-focused business model propelled them into creating a local experience that all would enjoy — thus, their own line of spirits and craft cocktails was born.
Perhaps the most interesting part about this expansion is the historical relevance of building. Owner Pat Rains said about the history, “‘The Artillery Room’ at Gate City pays respect to the history of the building and to those who came before us. 932 Canton Street was initially part of the Ford Dealership compound. Then in the ‘70s, Ed Mertimer opened the space as Ed’s Gun & Tackle, which operated until the great fire of 1984. One of the worst in Roswell history, the fire posed a unique threat to first responders due to the ammunition inside at the time—a Roswell fireman took a bullet during the incident and thankfully survived.”
The Artillery Room pays tribute to the history of the space both in name and in structure. During renovations, the history behind the walls was discovered. The original exposed brick and design elements are where local history, art and spirits merge to create a rustic, inviting and down-to-earth space that focuses on community and craft cocktails. In short, this historic landmark embodies the spirit of the city and will be leaving a local legacy for all patrons to enjoy.
The Artillery Room will offer the following:
- An upscale environment for couples, friends, and the like to enjoy attached to Gate City’s current space.
- Eight house-crafted cocktails on draft.
- Gate City’s Package beer offerings
About Gate City Brewing Co.: Gate City Brewing Co. supports a magnetic and dynamic culture within the city of Roswell. The brewhouse, taproom and tap list provides the community with fresh brewed, remarkable beers with unshakable, independent roots. For more information on The Artillery Room and Terrace Grand opening dates, history, and craft cocktails, visit gatecitybrewingcompany.com/artillery-room.