By LYNSIE DICKERSON
Gold Standard Staff Writer
The Landing Zone will soon have a new look, feel and name as it is transformed into the Samuel Adams Brewhouse.
“We just needed to make a change at the Landing Zone to better serve the population that we have,” said Melinda Stickle, Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s business division chief. “The Landing Zone was kind of our night club operation and more tailored to a large single Soldier population, and the departure of (the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division), quite frankly, dictated our decision to change it over to something more desired by our new Cadet Command population.
“We have less of a demand for a night club, high-energy type environment and more of an interest from our customers in a sports-bar type brew house operation.”
The partnership with the Boston Brew Company will bring a new look and feel to the facility, Stickle said, adding that booth seating and table service will be available.
“It will be a brand new interior décor, so we’re taking away the neon lights and updating the facility into a more comfortable, casual environment where people can go in and have a good meal, drink a beer, even bring their family if they want.”
Once a contract has been awarded, the project is expected to take three to four months to complete; the Samuel Adams Brewhouse will hopefully open early spring of 2015, Stickle said.
“While we’re under construction, we’re going to try to keep the sports room at the Landing Zone open as well as the kitchen, so we’ll still have some programming going on over there and some things for people to do while we’re closed down,” Stickle said.
Once completed, the Samuel Adams Brewhouse will be open for lunch and dinner and will offer many of the same menu favorites that the Landing Zone currently offers, including the catfish Friday buffet, Stickle added.
For more information on the project, visit knoxmwr.com.