DALTON, GA (WDEF): Downtown Dalton makes room for a new whiskey distillery.
City Administrator, Ty Ross says,
"I think it'll do nothing but help, we're a business friendly town and the more businesses we have ... the better it is for everyone."
Dalton Distillers will make authentic whiskey from an old family recipe.
Owner Chuck Butler is keeping tradition alive... Following the footsteps of his father and grandfather.... Except Chuck's doing it legally.
"you have to apply with the federal government... The TTB and start the application process. You wont be approved until you have the facility." said Butler
Butler will share their historic downtown building at 109 East Morris Street with the Old Moonshiners Museum.
The City council is currently making changes. They just altered the zoning codes in a unanimous vote.... Bringing the distillery one step closer to production.
"We're striving to not be a local impediment and that's why we did what we did at the council meeting."
While the city works to facilitate Butler's new business... He was originally scheduled to receive federal confirmation in November.
Butler's been working with congressman Graves to see if these shutdown days even count.
He says he fears the effect the past two weeks will have on his business's future...
"I've got my life savings invested into this building...this business."
Butler hopes the Dalton distillery and The Old Moonshiners museum will open in early 2014.