Swamp Cat Brewing brews, prepares for late summer opening

Author: David Dorsey, Gulfshore Business
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Swamp Cat Brewing Co.’s path to existence hasn’t been an easy one. But owners Chris Gutierrez and Matt Leger are finally getting geared up for a late-summer or early fall opening following a months-long delay. 

The owners said they had a construction bid of about $550,000 entering fall 2022. They were on the verge of beginning the interior overhaul of what had opened as a church in 1952 and later a thrift shop when Hurricane Ian hit Sept. 28, 2022, delaying the project. 

The contractor then submitted a new bid of $2.7 million. 

Gutierrez and Leger then pushed the pause button and reevaluated the project because of the sticker shock. Swamp Cat Holdings Company LLC purchased the property at 1943 Fowler St. in Fort Myers in July 2022 for $725,000, property records show. 

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