Steelbound Brewery & Distillery, who currently have taprooms in Dunkirk, Ellicottville and Springville, are planning to expand their operations once again with a new location in Williamsville. They have signed a new lease at 5195 Main Street, currently inhabited by seafood restaurant Hooked, who have opted to not renew.

Pending plans call for the addition of an outdoor patio, and the site will offer its own beer and liquor, as well as a restaurant menu featuring American-Northern Indian fusion created by the chef at its Dunkirk location inside Clarion Hotel Conference Center., according to founding partner William Bursee.

The news comes nearly 10 months after announcing plans to expand their Ellicottville headquarters. Tentative plans call for the addition of a 75-room, independently branded hotel, including a 35,000-square-foot, 400 person capacity conference center and banquet hall connected via an elevated skybridge. Other plans call for upgrades to their production center, the addition of a barrel storage complex and a 55,000-pound grain silo for storage. According to reports, the planned expansion could add up to 100 new jobs at Steelbound. Construction on the hotel and conference center will start in early 2024.

Steelbound is also currently constructing a new location just outside Las Vegas.

Steelbound first opened in Ellicottville in May 2018.

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