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128-year-old Lincolnville building gets new identity

St. Augustine Distillery 9-23-13 (Courtesy: Philip McDaniel)
Distillery and upscale restaurant pump life into old Lincolnville ice plant. (Courtesy: Philip McDaniel)
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Updated: 9/24/2013 6:13 pm
ST.  AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An upscale restaurant and distillery will pump new life into a 128-year-old building in Lincolnville.

The old brick building on the corner of Riberia and Cedar streets went from being St. Johns County's first utility plant to an ice plant to even realty offices for more than seven years. But now it has a new identity.

"This building is very special to us," said new owner Phil McDaniel.

In a couple of months, McDaniel will open the doors to Linconville's very own craft-liquor distillery, called St. Augustine Distillery.

"One of the things we are most proud of in helping to restore this facility and revitalize Lincolnville is the fact that we've saved this building, which has been vacant for quite some time," said McDaniel.

But the distillery is not the only tenant. Just last week, a new high-end restaurant and bar appropriately named Ice Plant opened its doors right next door.

Even the band Mumford and Sons stopped by after headlining the Gentlemen of the Road stopover on Francis Field.

McDaniel is confident this new chapter of the building's history will not only change Lincolnville's landscape but make a lasting impact.

"It's going to create jobs, it's going to create a new tourist attraction, a new destination in St. Augustine," said McDaniel.

McDaniel hopes to open the doors by mid-December. He'll be hiring between 15 to 20 full time and part time workers.

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