The Brown Iron Brewhouse in Royal Oak receives the Small Business Award – Daily Tribune

Things were looking good when Brown Iron Brewhouse owner Patti Eisenbraun expanded her business to a second Royal Oak location at Woodward Corners at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in 2020, but soon survival-or- The challenges.

“It was so exciting to open in Royal Oak,” said Eisenbran, who opened the craft beer smokehouse restaurant in Washington Township in 2015 with her business partner and chef Deni Smiljanovski. “We opened on March 1st, 2020 and we’ve done amazingly (on business) for the first few weeks.”

The pandemic took its course. Two weeks later, the state banned all indoor dining.

“Our sales have collapsed,” said Eisenbraun. “We went from 130 employees to 25.”

But she changed gears to adapt and continue serving customers.

The Royal Oak restaurant launched online take-out ordering, offering affordable ‘family pack’ meals and home delivery.

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