BRISTOL, Tenn. — One of the Twin City’s most historic buildings may soon become a distillery.
The plan is for the former Bristol Supply and Equipment Co. building, at 200 State St. across from the Bristol Train Station, to house Lost State Distilling, according to economic development documents filed with the city.
The business, owned by Nick and Joe Bianchi, would bring small- batch craft gin and whiskey to the regional spirit market.
“We are going to renovate the building but try and keep the historic feel,” Nick Bianchi said Monday. “We plan to source as much of our grains locally as possible and will be giving back our spent grains to farmers for use as feed and fertilizer.”
The city of Bristol, Tennessee, purchased the historic structure, built in 1905, to preserve it from demolition and further deterioration.
The purchase price between the city and Joe Bianchi is listed at $375,000, which would allow the city to recapture its cost to purchase, maintain and market the building. The purchase agreement must still be approved by City Council.
A request for proposals was distributed in 2016 to identify a buyer who would put the building back into use, but there were no responses. A second RFP was distributed earlier this year, and Bianchi decided to purchase the property.
“The new owner and business planned for the historic building will not only provide a new unique manufacturing business to the Bristol downtown but also serve to increase tourist and visitor traffic,” Tom Anderson, the city’s director of economic development, wrote in a memorandum.
The business would feature a tasting room, which would showcase small-batch gin, rum and Tennessee whiskey, according to Nick Bianchi.
“Our tasting room and retail area will double as an event space that will be around 4,000 square feet,” Bianchi said. “The remaining 5,000 square feet on the first floor will be our production and barrel storage area.”
Bianchi expects the business to be open by September, but that date is tentative due to federal, state and city licensing.
The purchase agreement between the city and Lost State Distilling will be discussed during tonight’s City Council work session. A vote on the agreement is expected by council during its April 3 meeting.