February 18, 2015
Miami is getting a new drinking spot: Boxelder Craft Beer Market will open within a week at Wynwood Gateway Complex.
The 1,200-square-foot space, in the same building as Ducati at 2825 Northwest Second Avenue in Miami, is part of a complex developed by Tony Cho, founder and CEO of Metro 1.
“We’re excited to welcome Boxelder into the complex,” Cho told The Real Deal. “They epitomize the independent, home-grown brands that really make Wynwood unique, and I feel they are going to become a staple for the neighborhood. Every tenant is a piece of our community, so I think this is an important piece.”
Boxelder, owned by the husband and wife team of Nicole and Adam Darnell, is named after the species of maple tree that is native to North America, and for Boxelder Canyon in Wyoming that Adam Darnell visited while growing up in the mountainous state.
A century ago, boxelders were planted along the banks of a river, Adam Darnell said. “It’s a metaphor for the craft scene in Miami,” he said. “We’re putting down our roots to allow others to grow alongside us.”
During a recent visit, the bar and market were nearly complete. The couple has filled one side of the space with a long, walnut wood bar crafted by Adam Darnell, who has a background in carpentry. The opposite wall has walnut wooden shelves that will be filled with craft beer and other goods for sale.
“We’ll have bottles to go and growlers to go,” Adam Darnell told TRD. “And if you have a dinner party, stop in and we’ll have bottles of wine to go.”
Outside, the owners are planning a beer garden, he said.
Wynwood Gateway marks Cho’s first development, and Boxelder is its second tenant. Asking rent was $45 per square foot, Cho told TRD. The complex has two spaces remaining: a renovated cafe space, with 1,200 square feet, at $5,500 per month; and a 1,600-square-foot retail space, at $55 per square foot, Cho said. In Phase 2, the complex will offer micro-retail spaces. And an adjacent park, Wynwood Greenhouse Park, on two of the complex’s parcels, is currently in the design and fundraising mode, and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016, he said.
“We feel really lucky to have found this space,” Adam Darnell said. “We looked all over Wynwood, MiMo and Biscayne, and all over town, and we kept coming back to this space. With everything Metro 1 is doing, we’re happy to be here.”