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Beer about to flow at Livingoods Restaurant

Livingoods’ co-owner Jess Ray shows off several of the holding tanks that were recently installed in the Peru restaurant,  for their soon to be realized brewing operation.

Livingoods’ co-owner Jess Ray shows off several of the holding tanks that were recently installed in the Peru restaurant, for their soon to be realized brewing operation. Photo by Shawn Ryan.

— Big things are brewing at Livingoods restaurant in Peru.

Jess and Matt Ray have been tooling up since fall in preparation of adding a brewery operation to their restaurant. The building has undergone extensive renovations to accommodate several rooms full of equipment needed to brew the beer, and the finishing touches are being put on the gear by local firm Mars Mechanical.

They are tentatively eyeing the end of June as the time when the first glasses of beer will be poured.

When they moved their business from downtown Plattsburgh to the former Crickets location in Peru, it was with an eye towards expanding to include a brewery. Though they loved their Plattsburgh location, the space, Ray said, just wouldn’t accommodate the equipment they needed to bring in.

But along with brewing up to 12 craft beers, the Rays have other changes in store as well. Jess Ray conceived of the idea of giving a portion of their proceeds from all Tuesday business to a different charity each month. Calling the endeavor “Dine to Donate,” the Rays will focus specifically on two types of charities, those that assist children, and animals. Their June Dine to Donate proceeds will go to a local animal shelter.

“We’ve wanted as long as we’ve been members of the community to find a way to give back. Plus we’re always looking for new ways to reach out to the community and let them know that we’re here,” she said.

Along with making a monetary donation, Ray says that they will also try to pick a day when the restaurant’s staff can go to the shelter and donate their time as well.

Ray says they are also working on expanding the live music they feature every Thursday and every other Saturday.

“We’re trying to build up things to where we are a destination, so people can count on us for good food and good beer, as well as entertainment,” she said.

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