ARCHDALE — Javier Padilla says he thinks he’s found the perfect location for his vision of a new venue that features local food trucks and craft beer in an interesting setting.
He said he originally pursued it in High Point but instead shifted it south to Archdale with FireHouse TapRoom, which is under development at a former Guil-Rand Fire Department station at 10146 N. Main St.
“I was driving by all the time past the old firehouse, and I love the space,” Padilla said. “Not having another bar in the area — I think it’s a perfect location. Archdale really doesn’t have many places to get beer and socialize.”
Padilla owns Big Star Commissary in Randleman, which offers space for food truck providers to prepare their food.
He said he planned to open a taproom/commissary location near Truist Point stadium in High Point but dropped the idea because of city zoning regulations.
Instead, Padilla bought the 6,840-square-foot Archdale property and is renovating it to include about 12 beer taps and a full liquor bar.
The business won’t make its own beer.
“We thought about turning it into a microbrewery, but with the pandemic, we just thought it was a little wiser decision investment-wise to go with a taproom because there’s great local (beer) product here in the area,” he said. “We may have some canned or bottled products as well and may have to-go options or growlers and things like that. It will be almost like a brewery taproom without brewing our own beer at the time.”
He said he can accommodate 40 food-truck vendors in Randleman and plans to offer similar space in Archdale.
“I have my own food truck and it will be parked there, as well as others, to give variety to the patrons,” Padilla said.
Depending on how renovations go, he said he hopes to open the first week of June, in time for High Point Market. He said he thinks he’s well-positioned to open if pandemic restrictions are still in place, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating space.
“It’s big enough to allow good ventilation inside and social distancing if we’re still doing that in June,” he said.