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.
“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.