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RICHMOND, Va. — While raising a toast Tuesday to its newest Richmond-made beer, Stone Brewing officials said they’re taking small steps toward the next phase of their Fulton operations, and pondering another big local leap.

Steve Wagner, president of the California-based brewery, said the firm met with its general contractor this week about previously announced plans to renovate the former Intermediate Terminal site at 3101 Wharf St. into Stone World Bistro & Gardens.

Richmond-based Hourigan Construction would handle the project, which would accompany Stone’s massive brewery that’s already up and running nearby.

While cost estimates and designs are pending for the riverfront site, Wagner said plans call for the city EDA-owned property to be transformed into a 30,000-square-foot restaurant and beer garden.

Stone Brewing plans to turn the site on Wharf Street into a 30,000-square-foot restaurant and beer garden. (Kieran McQuilkin)

Stone Brewing plans to turn the site on Wharf Street into a 30,000-square-foot restaurant and beer garden. (Kieran McQuilkin)

Richmond’s version of Stone World Bistro & Gardens, which officials hope to open by 2018, would mirror a similar complex the brewery recently opened at its West Coast headquarters in Escondido, California, Wagner said.

Another new component of its West Coast complex is the $26 million Stone Hotel, plans for which were announced earlier this month. The brewery is partnering with San Diego-based Untitled Hospitality to construct the project, which officials hope will be open by the first quarter of 2018.

Renderings of the future Stone Hotel in Escondido, California. While the brewery has not released plans for a similar hotel in Richmond, a company exec did not rule out the possibility. (Courtesy Stone Brewing)

Renderings of the future Stone Hotel in Escondido, California. While the brewery has not released plans for a similar hotel in Richmond, a company exec did not rule out the possibility. (Courtesy Stone Brewing)

“That area has quickly become a brewery tourist destination,” Wagner said of its Southern California’s brewery scene. “It made sense in California because our brewery has actually become more a draw for tourists.”

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