Landmark railroad depot to become beer brewery

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A landmark railroad depot in Johnson City is on track to be restored and turned into a beer brewery.

The Johnson City Development Authority, which bought the vacant CC&O Railroad Depot in 2010 in an effort to save it, approved the sale this month to Sevierville attorney and entrepreneur Joe Baker.

Baker told the Johnson City Press that he intends to turn it into a locally themed brewery and restaurant.

Development authority officials say it's a successful end to their endeavor to find a private buyer who would renovate the structure and turn it into a revenue-generating business.

Baker, who also owns the Gatlinburg-based Ole Smoky Distillery business, says that's exactly what he intends to do.

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