Owners: Meghann and Brandon Hellinger
Business Name: The Bateman Draft House
Year Established: 2021
Number of Employees: 3
Meghann and Brandon Hellinger moved to the village of Lowville in May 2019, a month before getting married in June. Both are established members of our community, with Meghann being a massage therapist and esthetician and Brandon being a residential carpenter they have been working around the county, and closely with local individuals.
Both are graduates of Lowville Academy, Meghann in ‘09 and Brandon in ‘06. Meghann has worked in several places around our county in bars and restaurants since she was 16. Brandon was born and raised here in Lowville, and has also shared in local food service experience. Meghann moved here at the young age of 4, due to her fathers military career, and Lowville has been home ever since. In 2018, they opened Drift Day Spa, located next door to The Bateman Draft House, in the historic Bateman Hotel lobby. It was here that they began their story with The Bateman.
"In October 2019, the space where The Draft House is located currently, came up for rent.
Our original intention was to open a tanning salon to attach to the salon. When we walked through the threshold and saw the back bar, with beautiful quarter sawn oak and carrara marble (which can also be found on the floors in the spa), encasing a mirror that is from the early 1900’s and an original fixture of the building, with the sprawling bar located in front of it, we knew what had to be done. We filed for a DBA shortly thereafter and The Bateman Draft House had come to fruition. Unfortunately, to ours and the world’s surprise, COVID-19 began to shut the world down. We held onto the space for over a year before deciding to finally pursue the next step in procuring our liquor license. Once we had our liquor license in hand, we began to design and move forward. In that time we were awarded a grant of nearly $7,000 from The Microenterprise Grant Program with help from Naturally Lewis. Finally, we began to outfit the bar. With Brandon as a residential carpenter, each piece in our establishment is made by his hand, which adds another level of admiration for space. We decided early on that we wanted to carry specifically NYS sourced craft draft beer. Another product we decided to focus on is handcrafted specialty cocktails. We have so far hired one bartender and currently work alongside him."
"We chose to do business in Lewis County because it is our home. We see the potential in Lowville and downtown area. There are many advantages to this area for business, but our favorite is the sense of community we feel in this county."
"Make sure you have a serious passion for what you do. Take as few loans as possible."
"In 2022, we are working on expansion of our high end liquors, events, and education. We are also taking a course offered by ECornell in brewing craft beer with hopes to potentially expand by brewing our own beer."
"Naturally Lewis was a great help in obtaining The Microenterprise Grant as well as setting up a mynny.biz website with Coughlin Printing. The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce has helped with advertising and promotion."