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Historic former Fountain Inn flour mill opens as community hub

Jason Thomas //June 4, 2024//

The Mill at Fountain Inn consists of three historic buildings on the site of the former Ellison Flour Mill. (Photo/Perfect Pitch)

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The Mill at Fountain Inn consists of three historic buildings on the site of the former Ellison Flour Mill. (Photo/Perfect Pitch)

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Historic former Fountain Inn flour mill opens as community hub

Jason Thomas //June 4, 2024//

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A former flour mill in Fountain Inn on the National Register of Historic Places has been given new life as a community hub, which includes a brewery.

The Mill at Fountain Inn will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, according to a news release.

The facility features Fountain Inn Brewing Co., a 5,000-square-foot brewery housed in the 3-story former flour mill building, with 16 taps, a pizza kitchen, a full bar and seating on the main level, according to the release. The second floor has additional seating plus another bar and can be rented for meetings and special events.

Foutain Inn Brewing also includes an outdoor area, with an expansive, fenced-in greenspace and one of the largest outdoor screens in the Upstate, which will be used to show movies, sporting events and more, the release stated.

A common area features indoor seating and TVs, and can also be rented out for private events.

In honor of Fountain Inn’s textile history, old milling equipment will be refurbished and displayed at the front of the building, the release stated.

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Other upcoming attractions at The Mill at Fountain Inn will include a 6,000-square-foot food hall, featuring a variety of dining and entertainment options and a full bar, which is set to open this fall.

The development consists of three historic buildings on the site of the former Ellison Flour Mill that were restored and renovated, preserving and repurposing as much of the original material as possible, the release stated. The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits at the corner of Ellison and Wall streets in downtown Fountain Inn.

The Mill at Fountain Inn is the first original concept to open from Innovative Hospitality & Development, according to the release. The local ownership group, co-founded by partners Bryan Beal, Sako Zadoian, and Ryan Robertson, primarily targets historical, textile and abandoned buildings, bringing them new life through renovation, restoration, and revitalization.

Innovative Hospitality & Development owns and operates Vaughn’s Food Hall in Simpsonville, and plans to open two new concepts in Greer and Woodruff in 2025-26.

The second floor at Fountain Inn Brewing Co. has additional seating plus another bar and can be rented for meetings and special events. (Photo/Pitch Perfect)
The second floor at Fountain Inn Brewing Co. has additional seating plus another bar and can be rented for meetings and special events. (Photo/Pitch Perfect)

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