Holiday movies playing nonstop this time of year showcase familiar plot lines: Opposites attracting, rags to riches stories with warm-fuzzy endings and the classic love-at-first sight between two strangers who cross paths on an ordinary day.
It was like that for Bryan Beal, really, which goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder. His love at first sight is a collection of three dilapidated buildings — holes in the roof, charred cross-beams from a structure fire, questionable floorboards — near the train tracks in downtown Fountain Inn.
Beal’s vision for the plot, just shy of one acre, includes a brewery, food court, open-air indoor seating and an outdoor entertainment area with large TV screens and room to roam. He’s probably two years away from that dream being reality, but it was one worth chasing from the moment he saw the mill.