Nine Lives Not Enough for Blue Cat Brewing Co. in Rock Island, Illinois
Blue Cat Brewing Co. in Rock Island, Illinois has announced that it will be closing its doors effective 1/1/2023.
The brewery was recently revitalized by head brewer Charlie Cole with legacy beer recipes from the original brewery and award-winning new brews, yet struggled to find success on the restaurant side of the business. They attempted to bring on a new partner with the necessary experience and passion but were unable to fill the role of restaurant manager.
The closure of Blue Cat Brewing Co. was not an easy decision for the owners to make. In addition to the management challenges, the restaurant faced setbacks such as the loss of their chef to a new venture and damages from a burst water pipe, and a failed furnace in sub-zero temperatures. These challenges, combined with the struggle to find the right management, have led to the difficult decision to close the doors.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Blue Cat Brewing Co.
Though it is a sad time for the team at the Blue Cat, they invite everyone to come and celebrate with them during their final days of operation. They will be open from 5 pm-10 pm on December 29th and 30th, with a New Year's Eve party on December 31st. This will be a chance for them to say goodbye and thank their patrons for their support over the years.
Support Local Businesses and Drink Locally
Blue Cat Brewing Co. took to social media to share the news of their closure and to thank some of the important people at the brewery. They shared pictures of head brewer Charlie Cole, their dedicated employees, and their loyal patrons. In the post, they expressed their gratitude for the support they have received over the years and their sadness at having to say goodbye. The post was filled with comments from fans of the brewery, expressing their disappointment at the news and their hope that the Blue Cat will be able to come back in the future. The heartfelt messages in the post were a fitting tribute to the community that has supported Blue Cat Brewing Co. during their time in business.