Brewery duo opens historic Lansing Corners as a bar and grill
AUSTIN – As a first step towards their microbrewery dreams, Steve Patterson and Brian Miller reopened the doors of an Austin landmark as a new bar and grill.
The duo have been trying to open the Prime Stein Brewery in Rochester for several years. They had a room and were preparing to open in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic pulled the plug on that plan.
That set them on a new path.
Patterson and Miller recently opened the doors to Lansing Corners, a rural Austin landmark at 27017 US 218. Located seven miles north of Austin, the historic site opened in 1938 as a diner and gas station. It eventually became a popular soup club.
The latest version of Lansing Corners as a supper club closed in October.
Patterson and Miller now have a liquor license on the property and are hosting events there. They are currently painting and renovating Lansing Corners with a plan to open as a bar and grill at the end of August.
“We had to go back to the drawing board somehow. It is still our intention to open a brewery and we want to do so in this location. But the first phase will open as a bar, grill and event center, ”Patterson said. “We originally looked for 4,000 square feet and ended up with 14,000 on 4 1/2 acres of land.”
The plan is to open part of the former supper club as a bar and grill and to operate the larger dining room as an event center. There are 15 employees on the staff plus the owners.
Miller said the history of the location was an asset to them.
“There are many options here … It’s a place that a lot of people remember fondly,” he said. “Although it won’t be a supper club, the locals are happy that something is opening up here.”
They hope to build a presence and gain a following for the bar and grill. And then, finally, they can watch Phase 2 to add Prime Stein microbrewery to the mix. This step will likely take place in 2023 at the earliest.
The bottom line for Patterson and Miller is that they are finally open to business.
“I’ve never lost my confidence … there will always be setbacks. It’s all about persistence, “Patterson said.” We’ve wanted to be our own bosses for a long time … There’s nothing that can stop us … I mean, as long as the world doesn’t end again. “