The expansion of Toddy Oaks’ operations is nearly complete.
Construction on the new $1.5 million Toddy Blends distilling and distribution facility at 20120 Franz Road in Katy, completed in October, said Bill Bain, owner of First Texas Resources, Inc., the general contractor for the project. Production out of the 14,342-square-foot building will begin mid-December, said Emily Copeland, public relations manager for Toddy Oaks and Toddy Blends, which are owned by Channing and Pamela Wood.
The businesses, which are adjacent to each other, will be divided into two parts to expand operations, Copeland said. Toddy Blends will distill and distribute wine and spirits products to retailers, host tastings and offer an event and entertainment venue. Toddy Oaks will include the daiquiri drive-thru, retail location, event building, bar and its own on-site special events space to host activities such as open-mic nights.
The drive-thru daiquiri stand, bottling facility and bar remained open during the construction, Bain said. However, outdoor events were not held during the construction, which began in November 2017, Copeland said.
“The bar was open before construction began, and we had food trucks for food and frequent Toddy Oaks-organized events and tastings,” Copeland said. “Everything was just put on hold while we worked on the new building.”
The business has tentative plans to hold a grand reopening in December, Copeland said.
The new building was designed by Don Purser of Purser Architectural, and it includes two meeting rooms, which can also be used for parties, said Bain. Each floor of the two-story building includes a meeting room, and the second floor will house offices.
In addition to producing liquor mixes for margaritas and daiquiris in bulk for retailers and other drinking establishments, the Toddy brand also offers consultation services to entrepreneurs desiring to open drive-through daiquiri businesses.
The distribution center and bar contribute 40 jobs to the Katy area and adds to a growing list of breweries and distilleries that both serve and distribute internally-produced alcoholic beverages.