The Shawnee brewery gave the city a loan to help with the expansion

Shanwee, Kan. – Servaes Brewing Company is getting ready to expand and was awarded a $100,000 loan by the city to help.

The council voted to grant the brewery, located at 10921 Johnson Drive, a Shawnee Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) agreement that will help the company expand into its recently purchased acquisitions at 10919 and 10923 Johnson Drive.

Servaes invested $750,000 to buy the building and plans to put another $350,000 into renovations.

The expansion will include new indoor and outdoor space for the brewery, including venue rental space.

Servaes said the loan will help offset the cost of the expansion project and allow them to hire a local company to work on the project.

The brewery housed the former IHeart Local space, which has since been demolished, and new water lines installed.

The council passed on a 6-2 vote with council member Mike Kemmling saying he voted against it only because he is against the SEED program in general.

“Nothing against Servaes Brewing Company, but I’m not a fan of the SEED grant,” Kemmling said. “I don’t like giving away money that we could use to fund other things in our city and I don’t like us interfering in the free market. We claim we’re free market capitalists, we’re conservative. I don’t think this reflects us doing that.”

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