Recently filed permits confirm Scotland-born BrewDog’s wildly ambitious plans are on track for Las Vegas Boulevard, creating a huge, 30,000-square-foot rooftop complex, with enviable views of the Strip. The brewery and pub will sit above the still under construction Olive Garden and a Target retail store, taking over the roof space on the northern section of the Showcase Mall and facing the Park MGM.
Paperwork reveals BrewDog allocated $2,648,400 in construction costs alone to create a restaurant, bar spaces, retail area, microbrewery, pool deck, and new mezzanines, descriptions matching the dramatic rendering released earlier this year. Co-founder James Watt has shared the Las Vegas location will also host an urban forest, secret event space, retro game zone, and a beer museum; the brewpub produces its own ales and lagers and plans to expand its empire to more than 40 international venues.
Back in June, hundreds of former BrewDog employees accused the craft beer company and founders Watt and Martin Dickie of fostering what they called a “culture of fear” that misrepresented its accomplishments on social media. An open letter from former staff members published on the website “Punks With Purpose” accused BrewDog of being “built on a cult of personality” and claimed that the toxic work environment there caused “a significant number of people” to suffer from mental illness as a result.
Watt later apologized on behalf of the company on Twitter, saying that the brewery was focused “not on contradicting or contesting the details of [the] letter, but to listen, learn, and act.”
Initially, the brewpub hoped to debut within nine months to one year, but beer lovers should not expect the project to be complete until 2022. One floor below, digital signage for the 12,564-square-foot Olive Garden restaurant will soon be added to the building facade.