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Carbon County's only microbrewery closes

LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A community is shocked by the sudden closure of an area business. The owner says winter weather like we had today played a big part in turning off the open sign.


"You know it breaks my heart," said Frank Potoczak, business owner.

Frank Potoczak remembers writing his business plan down on a napkin a decade ago. For him, Red Castle Brewery was a dream come true. But its success was short lived.


"The past couple years winters have been tough. They've been long and hard," said Potoczak.

He opened the business in Lehighton nearly nine years ago. At first, it was only a restaurant, specializing in polish cuisine. Three years ago, he remodeled and added a micro brewery, distillery and outdoor seating. For a while, it was packed.


"You know summers were gangbusters! I mean we had all the tourism going to Jim Thorpe the bikers and hikers," said Potoczak.

Carbon County communities rely heavily on tourism traffic. But as Kathy Henderson-- the director of economic development tells me --  January through April are the most challenging months.


"I'm going to miss his perogies, his polish food! It was delicious!"

Potoczak posted the company's closure on Facebook on Saturday, just a few hours before he locked the doors for good.


"We look at it as an opportunity for someone to come in with a new vision for a business and make it very successful," said Henderson.

The property is now up for sale. The owner opes to sell it with all its equipment and licensing. It was the only micro brewery in the county.


"It's ready to go.Let's put it that way there's nothing that needs to be done. Open it back up, fire everything up, and run with it," said Potoczak.

As more and more shops start setting up in Lehighton, Henderson suggests serving not only the tourists, but also the people living here year round.

"We need some place to go too!"

That closure puts eight employees out of work. The owner tells us he is still honoring gift cards -- by giving people a refund.

 


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