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Craft Beer Giant BrewDog in Position to Take Over Ape & Bird in Seven Dials

The news comes a day after the former occupants Polpo announced its closure

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Eater London has learnt from trusted sources that Scottish craft beer giant BrewDog is in position to take over the Ape & Bird pub site, which yesterday was confirmed to have been vacated by Polpo, the Venetian-inspired restaurant group.

The brand is in the midst of its latest “Equity for Punks” crowdfunding drive, targeting at least a further £10million in raised capital to expand their brewing operations, including the launch of Overworks — its planned sour beer facility — and expanded manufacturing capacity at their Ellon facility to meet high demand. Planned expansion also includes the opening of more BrewDog bars worldwide, and the proposed addition of a Tower Hill BrewDog brewpub, to “offer yet another craft beer outpost, with the freshest possible beer brewed on site.”

The BrewDog website currently lists job vacancies for a number of positions ranging from management to bar and kitchen staff for BrewDog Seven Dials, its “newest” London bar, and one that is not yet listed among their operating venues.

The former Ape & Bird site operates under favourable licensing conditions, including the provision for off-premises sales which would give BrewDog the possibility of a new central London retail site, following the closure of their Gray’s Inn Road BottleDog early last year.