Re electricity, should be ok. The space used to be a restaurant/brewery and has a full kitchen, so I know natural gas is an option. We're not looking to do this right now, of course, so this thread is more of a ping to you guys with experience and ideas. With the retail real estate market the way it is right now, I figure this will be on the market for a while, and if it's not, no big deal, there's always somewhere.
Our plan for the next 6 months or so is to do the following:
Go to a few markets on saturday with a BBQ and a keg and give out free samples of food and beer, with the stipulation that people fill out a quick survey (how much do you like the beer, how often do you go out for dinner, what price would you consider reasonable for a pint, etc).
Following that, I'm gonna buy some of those sankey kegs from sabco that you can open up (tri-clamp fittings) and approach the bars near me, offering to give them the first keg free (they don't do very high volumes, these are probably 15-30 covers per day) as a market trial. One of the pubs is known for being a 'bar a bieres' and has a concert season just about to kick into gear.
Following that, well, we'll see. At the very, very least I can start something small and provide a keg or two to the local pub.
All of this is done very conservatively, of course. The sabco kegs are a pricey way to do market research but if all else fails they'll be good fermenters.