If you've been in Reno any time at all, you likely remember the Crystal Springs Ice and Water building on Center Street. The building has called the spot on Center Street home since the early 1900s.
But just three months ago, it became home to the Brasserie Saint James. A brewery. An eclectic restaurant. And a gathering place for every season of the year.
While the building is enough to bring people in, owner Art Farley says it's the food that will have people talking. "I'm really proud of our pizzas. I'm really proud of our wings, but that's not where my heart lies. My heart lies in rustic European country cuisine like duck confit cassouolet. We do bone marrow. We have short ribs and ox tail braises. Steak tartar. Muscles and frites."
The main dining room has a cozy, French brasserie feel. On the side of the wall is another room, more upbeat and festive with a game room that could double as an old European stable. And when the weather gets warmer, check out the huge rooftop patio that overlooks a German-style beer garden below.
Speaking of beer, Art says he decided to start making his own when he started having a hard time getting the beers he wanted at his bar in town, Saint James Infirmary. He and brewmaster Josh Watterson, are now getting ready to start distributing their brew all over town. "We have a pretty authentic German pilsner and that's our best selling beer. Our unique to us beers that are more popular are our Third Man which is a Belgian tripel. Our Red Headed Stranger which is a Belgian farmhouse ale with a red tint and a little bit of spice."
Whether you're a foodie or a beer aficionado, Brasserie Saint James is definitely a place to check out.