Success story

Dear Editor:Two years ago this month, The Downey Patriot published a letter that I wrote about the newly-opened Downey Brewing Company. ("Downey Brewing Company is Brewing Something New & Tasty," 10/17/08) During those two years, the DBC has survived and thrived in spite of the harsh economic times and the opening of BJ's at Stonewood Center. The Vasquez family, who owns and operates the DBC, chose to restore the existing Nordic Fox/Foxy's building (1967) at Paramount Boulevard and 3rd Street rather than tear it down and build something else. They listened to the local preservationists and adapted their business to the existing structure. It wasn't necessary for them to destroy an architectural and cultural Downey landmark in order to revitalize their part of the downtown area. I hope and pray that this serves as an excellent example and model for the rest of the historic downtown area. Congratulations to the DBC for believing in Downey and preserving one of our landmarks that makes us so unique! May you experience continued success for many more years to come! -- Kathy Perez, Downey

********** Published: October 14, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 26