New brewpub aims for Boise Bench site

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A new brewpub hopes to bring life to an old office building on the Boise Bench.

“We’re planning on occupying a derelict and vacant office building and completely renovating it. Our goal is to make it into an attractive neighborhood gathering place,” Cade Beck, Derek Brown and Christy Brown said in an application letter.

The Bench House Brewing Company hopes to remodel a portion of the office building on Emerald St. at Pond St. near the Morris Hill Cemetery. The 3,240 square foot space would seat about 50 patrons.

Beck, Brown and Brown note that the brewpub would host community events – but it wouldn’t be a bar.

“It is important to keep in mind that we are not a bar and will be keeping much earlier hours,” the said. “We intend to close at 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. In addition, a long term goal is to add a kitchen and we will be setting aside a room in the building for that purpose.”

The owners are excited about a new bike lane on Emerald St., and will provide bike racks on site.

“We would like to contribute to turning the Emerald/Orchard area into a walkable neighborhood hub,” the said.

The project is set for a conditional use permit hearing on December 10th, 2018.

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