Firestone Walker Brewing Co. plans to open a restaurant across from its tasting room in southern Paso Robles this fall. The Paso Robles Planning Commission approved the expansion at its Feb. 8 meeting.
Founders Adam Firestone and David Walker will convert an industrial space at 1395 Vendels Circle into the eatery for an undisclosed sum.
The brewery has traditionally served light fare at its beer tasting room adjacent to Highway 101.
“Every visitor asks why we serve little more than pretzels to complement the beers in our tasting room,” Firestone said, noting that the partners have long thought about expanding the menu.
They plan to better reflect their popular Tap Room Restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The building slated to house the eatery offers 6,800 square feet plus a 500-square-foot storage area on the second level. The company will lease it.
The project calls for exterior improvements including gray paint, roofing, siding, a masonry veneer and the addition of an outdoor patio, according to the proposal. Inside, there will be a full kitchen, pizza oven, tasting bar and dining area, Pismo Beach architect Val Milosevic said. An unused grain silo will also be moved from the brewery into the restaurant for decoration.
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