Small businessman and artisan brewer, Jim Woods is planning to open Cerveceria de Mate Veza, a small (15 seat), self-service restaurant, serving Argentine influenced cuisine. Yes there will be empanadas. This is the old Lilah Belle’s spot, corner of 18th and Church and he has signed a lease. Traci Higgens says Lilah Belle’s will close at the end of the month, but is continuing with her meal home delivery concept. Jim does not plan to make major alterations, though the prominent orange awning may go. He hopes to open by this Spring.
Jim already makes and sells a line of organic craft beer, Mate Veza that he brews under contract in Ukiah and sells throughout the west in over 400 locations. He is applying for an ABC type 23 brewery License and which will allow him to install a small 20 gallon kettle. Jim told us this is a very, very small brewery and would typically be seen in a home or garage. The brewery will be more for testing recipes and special brews, Jim says. Of some note, Mate Veza is brewed with yerba mate, the South American herb and contains caffeine.