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Ex Novo's new westside location benefits from $135,000 in city storefront and tenant improvement grants; mayor says it's part of a city strategy for 'a real gathering place'

COURTESY PHOTO: JAHMAI CHERRY, CITY OF BEAVERTON - Mayor Denny Doyle, right, at the official opening of Ex Novo brewpub Friday, March 1, in downtown Beaverton. From left are Councilors Cate Arnold, Laura Mitchell and Lacey Beaty. The project benefited from a total of $135,000 in city improvement grants.Beaverton's newest downtown attraction, the Ex Novo brewpub, got its official send-off from Mayor Denny Doyle and city councilors.

The brewpub is in the Cady Building at 4505 S.W. Watson Ave., at its intersection with Farmington Road., and has been in the works more than a year.

Ex Novo also has a brewpub at 2326 N. Flint Ave., Portland, where it opened in mid-2014.

"When we wanted to do a second location, it had to be out here," said Brandon Sharp, general manager for both locations. "We have a lot of fans who love good beer and good food."

The Beaverton location actually opened Feb. 6, but the ribbon-cutting took place Friday, March 1. The building received a total of $135,000 from the city's storefront and tenant improvement programs.

COURTESY PHOTO: JAHMAI CHERRY, CITY OF BEAVERTON - The ribbon-cutting for Ex Novo's new brewpub in downtown Beaverton on Friday, March 1. Mayor Denny Doyle and Brandon Sharp, Ex Novo general manager, wield the oversized scissors.Doyle was joined by Councilors Cate Arnold, Lacey Beaty and Laura Mitchell for the ribbon-cutting and other festivities.

Doyle said Ex Novo is the most recent business in the city's strategy to revitalize downtown by making it the premier dining destination on the west side of the Portland metro area.

"This is the heart of the city of Beaverton. We are turning this area into a real gathering place. The food is good and the service has been great," Doyle said.

"The values of Ex Novo align perfectly with those of our community. They are going to be giving back a portion of their proceeds from this location that will benefit nonprofits right here in Beaverton. Also, for me, this is a symbol of how Beaverton is changing."

Among the projects that will get underway later this year are a 120-room Hyatt Hotel, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and a seven-story parking garage.

The Cady Building, which housed a mattress store just 18 months ago, was built in 1914 and is named in honor of Fred Willis Cady, who was mayor, postmaster and a Beaverton School Board member. It is owned by the Mike Lang family.

It is on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Beaverton Downtown Historic District.

"I am so pleased to be part of the team that went out and recruited this amazing Portland brewery to open up and serve the best thing they have on their Portland menu — their Detroit-style pizza — and of course, their beer," said Megan Braunsten, city development project coordinator.

Detroit-style pizza is baked in a square pan, but it is not as deep as Chicago-style pizza. The pizza is served with the sauce on top.

PMG PHOTO: PETER WONG - Brandon Sharp, general manager of Ex Novo Brewing Co. locations in Beaverton and Portland, speaks before a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, March 1, at the new downtown Beaverton business. Mayor Denny Doyle is at the left.A special brew for Beaverton, Slice Life, was served at the opening. It is an India pale ale, 6.8 percent alcohol by volume.

"That was the closest we could get to making a pizza without actually putting pizza in it," Sharp said. "So if you don't like pineapple on your pizza, I hope you like it in your beer."

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More available for grants

The Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency board, which consists of the mayor and city council and public members, has approved $200,000 more for downtown improvements.

Half of the money ($100,000) will go into storefront improvement projects, and the other half to tenant improvement projects for food and beverage businesses.

The agency board voted Feb. 26 to approve the additional money from urban redevelopment funds, which can be spent only in the district designated for redevelopment.

"I think the return on these investments are high," said Roy Kim, a public member of the agency board.

City officials said that of the $175,000 budgeted for the storefront program, $123,450 has been awarded to date for two design and five improvement projects. Requests in the pipeline add up to $165,000.

Businesses in a designated corridor on Allen Boulevard also qualify for storefront grants, but that money does not come from the urban redevelopment agency budget.

Of the $270,000 budgeted for the tenant improvement program, which is intended to benefit food and beverage businesses downtown, $209,461 has been awarded and requests totaling $170,000 are in the pipeline.

— Peter Wong

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