25 years of Front Street Brewery. Stories from inside the restaurant’s walls.

Front Street Brewery opened in June of 1995 making this year their 25th anniversary.

Whether you’ve only been there a couple of times, or you’re a seasoned Front Street regular, chances are you have a story or memory from the iconic downtown Wilmington restaurant.

“Everybody has a story about Front Street Brewery,” Marketing Manager Ellie Craig said. “Whether it was the first restaurant you came to when you first visited Wilmington. Or the place where you had your first date with your wife or husband.”

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Front Street started out as one of Wilmington’s original breweries and was a beacon in downtown Wilmington as there weren’t a lot of other thriving restaurants or retail businesses at the time.

Craig says a lot of people know them for their beer and their food, especially the nachos, but one of the things they are most known for is their consistency.

“There’s a little bit of home in this building,” Craig said. “That southern hospitality right when you walk in the door.”

Not only has Front Street played an important role in many customers lives, but it’s been a key player in a lot of the staff’s lives as well.

Justin and Kristin Lamot met about 10 years ago while they were working at Front Street. Kristin was working in a promo roll outside of the restaurant while Justin was working in the restaurant.

“Friends of ours were actually getting married that also worked here,” Justin said. “We met around their wedding, started dating, and then got married and had a baby. Long story short.”

Sammy and Shannon Flowers were Front Street regulars until one day they became a part of the business.

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At the time, Sammy’s dad owned Eagle Island Fruit & Seafood. He was wearing an Eagle Island shirt at the restaurant one day and one of the staff members noticed.

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“They were looking for an oyster supplier for an oyster stout they were going to brew,” Sammy said. “Through that one conversation we met all the folks and this became one of our regular once or twice a week stops and we just fell in love with their whole friendly, customer service vibe.”

A lot of people say Front Street Brewery means “family” to them.

“Because we have just this wonderful vibe, just good people that take care of each other, that want to come in, are proud of where they work, are proud of what we’ve built as a group,” Craig said. “That camaraderie, that family, is really what this place is all about.”

Front Street Brewery is having an Oyster Roast to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

Posted by Front Street Brewery on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The event will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 1-5 p.m. at the Alcove Beer Garden in the Cargo District.

Tickets are $25. There will be all you can eat oysters and a Front Street Brewery tap takeover.

They will also release their “Mother Shucker Oyster Stout Beer” at the event.

For more information visit their website here.

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Kristin Crawford

Kristin Crawford joined WECT as a Digital Video Content Producer in August 2016 after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She studied Communication Studies with a focus in TV Production and Media.