Plans transform pool hall into Richland brew house
By Deborah Deasy
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
Matt Hough of McCandless plans to give the former Tilt's bar in Richland a new slant.
Hough, owner of Hough's in the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh, hopes to transform the nondescript, former pool hall on Bakerstown Road into a microbrewery with about 90 craft beers on tap.
“I spent my 21st birthday there,” said Hough, 30, son of John and Barb Hough of Richland, and a former district sales manager for Nucor Steel.
“I always wanted to own my own restaurant,” said Hough — pronounced “Huff” — a Class of 2000 graduate of Pine-Richland High School.
Hough said that his Greenfield bar and restaurant already is known for its selection of craft beers.
Hough's expects to buy Tilt's from owner Louis Grippo within weeks, and then refurbish the roadhouse and perhaps re-open it by late summer 2013.
He envisions creating a Red Belt watering hole in the style of the Church Brew Works in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.
“We're going to give it a whole makeover,” said Hough, who plans to offer food, such as gourmet pizzas, plus catering services at the reincarnated Tilt's location.
He also plans to install new bathrooms, flooring and a pitched roof.
But Hough first needs an amendment to the township's zoning ordinance before he may produce beer at the site.
In November, Hough applied for the amendment by submitting a $500 application fee, plus, a $1,000 fee to cover the legal cost of preparing the amendment.
Richland supervisors then unanimously authorized Chuck Means, township solicitor, to prepare the amendment and eventually advertise a public hearing on the proposed amendment.
The proposed amendment would allow beer production in a neighborhood commercial district.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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