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A San Luis Obispo brewery that transformed an old warehouse into a homey pub and outdoor patio with regular music, dance and artistic events must move out by Aug. 1.
Bang the Drum Brewery owner Noelle DuBois announced on a live video post on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday that the business must vacate by Aug. 1.
DuBois delivered the news alongside her regular sidekick on live social media posts, head brewer Kelly Edward, saying it’s “emotional.”
The business has been located at 950 Orcutt Road since 2014. DuBois said Bang the Drum has plans to move into a new location, but it hasn’t been finalized yet, and the announcement on the timing of the move and location is pending.
DuBois built her business with the help of her late father, architect Gary DuBois, who died of cancer in April 2018.
The landlord of their Orcutt Road site has approval to begin work on a mixed-use development of 78 homes, commercial and office space. The brewery must relocate in advance of its demolition and had been expecting its eventual move for about a year and a half, DuBois said.
“The date we have to leave this location is officially the end of next month,” DuBois said in the post. “Everything has to be out of here by Aug. 1.”
The business, however, is packing its schedule with events, listed on its website, before the move, including a going-away concert to take place July 27.
“That will be the last time we can be here for a concert, ever,” DuBois said.
Bang the Drum also will have a “Paint and Dance Party” at 8 p.m. June 29, in which people can paint their clothes, bodies and bang drums covered in paint, allowing it to spray throughout the building.
Bang the Drum also hopes to have “a reveal party” once its new location is settled.