Government shutdown halts family’s plans to open Vector Brewing

Veronica and Craig Bradley

If you have a night out at Vector Brewing penciled onto your calendar, you may need to pull out your eraser. The brew pub planned by Lake Highlands’ Veronica and Craig Bradley for Lakeridge Village has been halted by the federal government shutdown, and the Bradleys aren’t sure they’ll ever see their dream come to fruition.

As the Dallas Observer details in their article here, the Bradleys were approved Dec. 6 for a $1 million Small Business Administration loan, and they signed a lease with SHOP Companies on the 10,000 square foot space at Walnut Hill and Audelia that formerly housed CrossFit. They hired staff and were readying to open Vector in the fall. Two weeks later, the SBA went on furlough and the Bradleys’ dreams circled the drain.

“Vector Brewing is in jeopardy,” wrote Veronica on Facebook. “It isn’t our fault and it hurts very badly. And it feels like a death.”

In addition to their own beers, the Bradleys were planning to serve a curated wine selection, beer and wine cocktails, coffee on draught, kombucha tea on draught and non-alcoholic and kid-friendly options. Pizza and snacks were headed for the menu, and a 2,300 square foot patio was planned.

“I think Lake Highlands will be happy,” she told me when I wrote about the project in October. “Our goal is to fill a void when it comes to having a go-to ‘third place’ for Lake Highlands people – the first being home, the second being work and the third being a go-to place that feels like yours. It’s your default, because it has everything you need, and you just feel comfortable.”

We’ll update you if the Bradleys find alternate financing or if the government gets their act together. You can chip in to their recovery fund here.

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Carol Toler
Contributor CAROL TOLER and her husband, Toby, are the parents of four Lake Highlands High School graduates: Lindsay (2005), Laura (2006), Will (2009) and Ben (2010). She has an MBA from SMU and a passion for writing good-news stories about fascinating people. Email ctoler@advocatemag.com.