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Brew It Up, the do-it-yourself brewery and restaurant at 14th & H, served its last pint last evening. Brew It Up joins L Wine Lounge as the latest restaurant causality of the recession.

Reports Cathy Locke the Sac Bee:

Owner and founder Mike Costello said he put the word out on the restaurant's website and Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday after meeting this morning with employees.

The decision to close, he said, was the result of financial challenges that are "far bigger than anything we can control."

Mark Anderson in the Sac Biz Journal adds some details:

For the past two years, dining business has been way down. The brewery had been the anchor keeping people coming through the doors, but there was not a lot of neighborhood business. The location, at the base of a parking garage, isn’t in one of the dining corridors of downtown or midtown.

“We probably needed a location that would support the dining side better,” he said. “As it is, we are a pure-play destination.”

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee and the Sac Biz Journal.

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