The men who launched a fast-growing Broome County craft brewing business are turning their sights toward another popular beverage.

Brendan Harder and Chris Rhoades are preparing to open a coffee shop and driving range in Chenango Bridge. They opened Beer Tree Brew Co. in Port Crane in 2017.

The partners acquired the property at 70 Chenango Bridge Road in August for $399,000.

Harder said the shop will include a coffee roasting facility. He said the existing building will be gutted and renovated. He said the shop will have indoor and outdoor seating. A patio similar to the one at the Port Crane Beer Tree location is to be constructed.

Harder said the partners have been working with the owner of Laveggio Roasteria in downtown Binghamton as they prepare for their new business.

Harder said they plan to call the operation Batch Coffee & Creamery. An addition will be built to expand the existing building. The shop will have drive-thru service.

"The Crab Shack" will be relocated when a coffee shop opens at a Chenango Bridge driving range. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

An area once occupied by a miniature golf course will be used for parking. A small structure called "The Crab Shack" will be moved and used for storage at the driving range, which will be reopened.

Construction work at the site could start in a few weeks. Harder hopes the business will open in the spring.

R-Tee Golf Complex, Chenango Fitness and Ginny's Unique Boutique previously have operated at the site.

The fate of this creature at the old R-Tee miniature golf course has not been revealed. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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