Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewing Co.

PERMANENTLY CLOSED
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BUSINESS CLOSED
500 President Clinton Ave,
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201

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First Visited

November 11, 2007

Bosco’s was a brewpub chain based in Memphis, Tennessee. It was founded by Jerry Feinstone and Chuck Skypeck in 1992. Feinstone was a stockbroker, and Skypeck worked as a store manager for Walgreens. A longtime homebrewer, Skypeck often thought becoming a professional brewer. When the Tennessee legislature permitted brewpubs in 1992, he jumped at the chance to get into the business. Bosco’s Pizza Kitchen & Brewery opened in Germantown, Tennessee, in December of that year. In 1996, a location in Nashville launched. At its peak, Bosco’s operated four regional locations, including Little Rock, which took over the old River Rock Brewing Company location in the River Market area of downtown.

The Little Rock location was much like the others in the chain. Its menu featured oven-fired pizzas and calzones, as well as several house beers on tap. Four were year-round—Downtown Brown, Isle of Skye Scottish, Bombay IPA and Flaming Stone—and four rotated regularly. One of the most notable brewers on staff was Will Gallaspy, who would go on to brew at Parish Brewing Company in Louisiana and West Mountain Brewing Company in Fayetteville.

In April 2009, Josh Quattlebaum was hired as a server. Just twenty years old, he noticed what was happening in the brewhouse and took an immediate interest. When Gallaspy announced he was leaving, Quattlebaum was offered a chance to brew and started brewing in August 2011. Quattlebaum went on to win a gold medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup with what was the first beer that he had  brewed by himself, a hefeweizen.

Bosco’s was a fixture in downtown Little Rock, and it came as quite a surprise when its closure was announced. The Franklin and Nashville locations were also shuttered, leaving Memphis as Bosco’s only brewpub still in operation. Ghost River Brewing Company—a Memphis brewery founded by Feinstone and Skypeck in 2007—had increased its capacity around that time, which might have led to the consolidation of efforts that caused Bosco’s sudden retraction. Bosco’s had an impact on the Arkansas beer scene in its decade of operation. It rescued a location that had met a quick and decisive demise (River Rock) and proved that a brewery or brewpub could have sustained success in Little Rock. There were only three breweries in the city when Bosco’s opened. Things changed significantly in the years that followed.

So on average, we have a new beer every week or two. People look for that variety, and I think that’s one of the keys to our success. People look forward to a certain beer showing up at certain times of the year.

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