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What’s the progress of brewery Works Progress?

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Don Day
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A planned brewery originally set to open late this year is delayed.

The Works Progress Administration brewery concept was announced late last year, with a 2016 expected opening date.  

Co-owner Dave Krick said the project is delayed – but still has life.

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“Two projects jumped in front, one that became bigger than expected and the other a total surprise,” Krick said.

Those projects are both along the hopping 8th Street restaurant corridor downtown. The first is a revamp of the Bitercreek/Red Feather cellar – while the other is a new Mexican restaurant concept first noted by BoiseDev.com earlier this year.

The cellar became tougher than first thought.

“This didn’t look like a big project until we ran into major structural issues with the building, it’s taken months longer than expected and consumed a ton of our time/resource to get it finished.”

That Mexican restaurant – planned to replace Pollo Rey – is likely to be named DIablo, though Krick says the final brand is in flux. Details.

“It’s looking like construction will begin in January with opening March/April 17.”

Krick says they have looked at a number of spots for Works Progress downtown.

“Location for WPA has also been a major hurdle, wanting to be in Downtown has limited our options although I don’t see it happening downtown,” he said. “(There’s a) lack of workable inventory that match our needs.”

He says Works Progress is now more likely for a 2018 launch.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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