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It came as a bit of a shock after a successful grand opening party last Wednesday night to find out that Saint Arnold's much-anticipated Saturday afternoon brewery tour -- a regular weekly event and the first at their new facility -- had been cancelled late last week.
As with most snafus when it comes to local restaurant or bar business matters, the trouble here lies with the City of Houston and its bumbling team of inspectors. (Ed note: We were off our meds and apologize for implying the City of Houston inspectors weren't performing their jobs properly or correctly. We have no idea either way.) Although Brock Wagner, the brewery owner, thought that all the correct permits were in place, Ronnie Crocker over at the Chronicle explains that wasn't the case. City inspectors still need to sign off on fire alarm and sprinkler systems, while also determining what other building issues -- if any -- need to be resolved in order for the permits to be issued.
"They're trying to work with us," Wagner told the Chron. "But at the same time, they're not just going to look the other way."
No additional news was available from Saint Arnold today, but we'll raise a glass tonight in hopes that the permit conflict is resolved in time for this Saturday. We trust that when Brock says, "We'll get through it," they will.