Founders Food & Firkins Ltd. (Nasdaq: GCFBU – news; “Founders”), announced today that it has broken ground for the Sioux Falls, S.D. site of its second Granite City Food & Brewery restaurant and microbrewery location, scheduled to open later this year. The Granite City Food & Brewery in Sioux Falls will enjoy a premier location near major commercial retail sites such as Home Depot, a multi-plex movie theater and several hotels, and will be within walking distance of the Empire Mall. Granite City Food & Brewery features hand-crafted beers and made-from-scratch foods.

“The Sioux Falls site is a perfect location within the parameters of our strategic plan to grow this franchise,” said Steve Wagenheim, Founders president and CEO. “The location will provide high traffic volume to ensure that as many customers as possible can enjoy our great beers and food. We are very pleased to join the greater Sioux Falls area community.”

Brewing operations are overseen by William E. Burdick, cofounder and board chairman of Founders. Burdick is an early pioneer in the craft-brewing industry and regularly writes and lectures nationally on beer and brewing. Under Burdick’s direction the day-to-day brewing functions are carried out by graduated European brewers. Each Granite City Brewery is equipped as a full-scale, from-scratch brewery, including a scientific laboratory which requires a degreed brewer to operate. In contrast, many microbrewery operations use pre-packaged brewing “kits” for their beers.

Founder’s first Granite City location, in St. Cloud, Minn., opened in late June 1999, and was overwhelmingly welcomed to the greater St. Cloud area. From its opening day, Granite City has enjoying great success and record numbers of patrons eager to try the handcrafted brews and made-from-scratch foods. The location has enjoyed great customer numbers even on typically slow days of the week for the restaurant/microbrewery industry.

Granite City provides fresh, high quality, made-to-order food and handcrafted beers, both made on site. Granite City offers a broad menu of traditional and regional foods served in generous portions at reasonable prices, designed to offer customers an excellent value and pleasant dining experience.

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