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Legend Brewing heads east to open Portsmouth facility

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RICHMOND, Va. — Hoping to tap into another thirsty Virginia market, Richmond’s oldest brewery is expanding into the belly of Hampton Roads.

Locally based Legend Brewing Co. confirmed Monday it has signed a lease to open a small brewery and taproom in the Olde Towne section of Portsmouth.

Legend is in preliminary talks to renovate its facility at 321 W. Seventh St. in Manchester. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense)

Legend is in preliminary talks to renovate its facility at 321 W. Seventh St. in Manchester. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense)

The new outpost will take shape in the Seaboard Coastline Building at 1 High St., a company news release said. The building is a historic train station that sits along the Elizabeth River in Olde Towne Portsmouth that is owned by an affiliate of the Monument Cos., a Richmond-based developer.

Legend plans to renovate the first floor of the historic structure – recreating a smaller version of its Manchester home base. The full-service brewpub will be situated near the south landing ferry on High Street, and will seat about 120 people.

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