Brothers planning restaurant, taproom downtown

2014-02-12T11:34:00Z 2014-02-12T16:01:13Z Brothers planning restaurant, taproom downtownGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 12, 2014 11:34 am  • 

Two brothers are working to bring a craft beer and wine concept to North Fourth Avenue.

Mark and Eric Erman hope to open a tasting room and restaurant called Ermanos Craft Beer Depot by the end of the year in the old home of Arroyo Design, 224 N. Fourth Ave.

The business will work in the same vein as Tap & Bottle on North Sixth Avenue. No alcohol will be produced on site, but local and national beer and wine offerings will be available.

“We want to add to the great beer culture here,” Mark Erman said. “It is just booming.”

Mark is a Michigan native and a home brewer, who has made a living in environmental law.

His brother brings the professional experience, having worked as a brewer over the last decade in Michigan, Denver and, most recently, Portland.

“Tucson sometimes lags behind on the food and beverage front,” Mark said. “Eric has seen the future in Denver and Portland. He’ll be bringing some of that to the table.”

Mark said Ermanos also will serve food. The menu is still being worked out, but Mark said to expect small plates that complement the beverage selection.

Mark said architect Rob Paulus has signed on to redesign the space.

“We are working with him on it right now,” Mark said. “We want something that is really unique, but still contributes to the long history of the building.”

Ermanos is the latest addition to the south end of North Fourth Avenue. Other restaurants on the way near the Fourth Avenue underpass include The Coronet, set to open next month in the Coronado Hotel Apartments, and Hudson, a Jason Anderson project slated to open in the fall at 201 N. Fourth Ave.

“Hopefully, we will make that end of Fourth a nicer ecosystem for the crowds moving to and from downtown,” Mark said.

See more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.

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