Many were shocked to find The Pub & Grill at Santa Fe Brewing Company shuttered Monday and Tuesday, leading to rumors that the music venue/brewing company/restaurant was closing indefinitely. According to owner Brian Lock, circumscribed hours are part of the SFBC's new direction.
"We just decided to close Mondays and Tuesdays for winter," Lock says of the decision made this weekend. "We're not closing. We're staying open, refining our direction."
SFBC will be open this Thursday for music. Lock says, in the future, the event space will be open for larger concerts and private shows.
"In my opinion, it's the last decent music venue in the city, especially for outdoors," he says.
Lock is working with Jamie Lenfestey, owner of Fan Man Productions, which has organized many shows there in the past, to coordinate future programming.
The fate of the restaurant is less certain, and Lock says it will open only for certain events.
"As a full-service restaurant, open seven days a week, that part is changing," Lock says.
"It's a tough economy. People don't come out and eat like they used to and it's been a tough location as a full-service restaurant for long time," Lock says.
The taproom/distribution portion of Santa Fe Brewing Company remains unchanged. SFBC plans to put out a press release detailing all the changes this weekend.
According Lenfestey, "The dust will all be settled by Friday. It's actually going to be better."