The new Lyn-Lake Brewery hopes to build a tap room and rooftop patio at the Theater Antiques building at 2934 Lyndale Ave. S.
Pending city approval, the microbrewery would open in June, serving seasonal, gluten-reduced and organic beers.
“We’ll be a community-based tap room, with most of our sales right onsite,” said co-founder Mark Anderson. “We just want to serve that area.”
The owners are looking for local farmers to grow their organic hops, and they plan to heavily rely on the 55408 zip code for its resources. They’re hiring a local carpenter to make the bar from recycled wood, and they will ask nearby restaurants to deliver food for the venue. They would also like to serve as a CSA (community supported agriculture) pickup site.
“We want to build upon the community in the area,” Anderson said.
The owners envision a “conversational” space with the brewery installed in the back, concrete floors, and an exposed ceiling.
“There are neat old mouldings in the ceiling we’d like to try to restore and make more visible,” Anderson said.
The Theater Antiques building is earmarked for historic preservation, he said, and the marquee would be repaired. The owners would like to add operable windows to provide an outdoor experience for customers inside.
The former movie theater at Lake & Lyndale was previously home to Theater Antiques, a vintage used furniture store. The Uptown Bar considered relocating there in 2010, though plans fell through, and the space has been vacant more than five years.
The application has started the city approval process. The owners will review plans with the Whittier Alliance and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association in the coming weeks.
The three co-founders include Anderson and Paul Cossette, both with backgrounds in construction, and head brewer Joel Carlson. Anderson and Cossette are longtime friends with an interest in beer.
“We’re a couple of old guys just trying to have some fun, and establish something the community will enjoy,” Anderson said.