When Scott Blackwood walks around a former fire station in Mount Holly, his vision to convert it into a brewery and restaurant comes to life, and he sees an opportunity for the community to be part of the journey. 

The longtime restauranteur and East Gaston High grad plans to open Firehawk Brewpub, Mount Holly’s first-known brewery that will feature creek-side dining and southern fare, at the former fire station at 309 N. Main St.

Brewpubs typically refer to breweries that incorporate in-house dining. 

Blackwood has worked in the service industry for more than two decades. His most-recent endeavor includes opening The Bottle Tree in 2019, which has since grown into a crowd favorite in the Belmont dining scene. The Mount Holly native sold off his part ownership of The Bottle Tree over the winter.