TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - The Brew Bank won $100,000 Thursday night in the "Shark Tank" inspired Top Tank Topeka competition.Dusty Snethen, his wife Melissa, and his best friend Ryan Cavanaugh came up with the idea for The Brew Bank over a few beers. Snethen said they saw an opportunity to help strengthen Topeka's downtown."You're seeing kind of a renaissance downtown," Snethen said. "You're seeing things like the Pennant and the Iron Rail coming on board and the Jayhawk Theater being redone." He said his business can help create a nightlife scene in the downtown."I think The Brew Bank can bring people even more down here," Snethen said. "We get some evening entertainment down there I think that's key." Top Tank investor Brent Boles said he and the other investors selected the pub because they thought it will fulfill consumer needs in Topeka. "They want quality of life things, they want places to eat, they want places to entertain so that's what we're looking for," Boles said. Snethen said it will be hard to describe how it feels when he gets to open the doors to the new pub."This is a lifetime of dreaming and then you realize that dream."
The Brew Bank plans on uniting local Kansas brews under one roof. According to The Brew Bank, they plan on bringing the first automated taps to Kansas, live entertainment, and new beers every month.
George Kearse won a surprise second-place grant of $50,000. Kearse plans to open G's Cheesecake and More. The restaurant will serve cheesecakes, desserts and lunches.
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