Owners of the microbrewery/ restaurant planned for Truckee have a few changes in mind before opening for business.
FiftyFifty Brewing Co., located at 11197 Brockway Road in the Rock commercial center, is now slated to open within the next couple of months, slightly delayed by a project amendment that would increase the restaurant's square footage and make exterior modifications to the building.
"Things are moving along," said part-owner Alicia Barr. "If all goes well we will be opening within the next month or two."
The first part of the amendment is a 900-square-foot expansion of floor space, which will increase seating from 90 to 115, and create a better location for live entertainment, Barr said.
The expansion came about after another business moved out, allowing the restaurant to expand from three to four of the five spaces in the building, Barr said.
Town of Truckee Assistant Planner Dennis Troy said the expansion is compatible with town policy and town staff is recommending the change be approved.
The second part of the proposed amendment includes exterior modifications to doors and windows on the building, Troy said.
Barr said some of the windows to be removed would be against a walk-in refrigerator, and a door will be added to give direct access to the brewery, while another would be removed because it doesn't provide appropriate access.
Troy said staff will recommend to the planning commission that one of the windows remain for aesthetic reasons, but the decision will be up to the commissioners.
Once the amendment is approved, it will go to the building department for a final building permit, Troy said.
"It's really pretty straightforward. It just has to go through public process with the commission," Troy said.
Barr said once the permit is issued, they will be able to go forward with the final steps of construction and installation of brewery equipment.
"We have a lot of work done, but we can't finish until we get the final permit," Barr said. "After we get it and the brewing equipment is put in it will be about a month from there."
A grain silo, which will be used both to store grain and for a sign for the brewery, has been installed, but won't be used for grain until the spring or summer, Barr said.
Plans for FiftyFifty Brewing include live music, beer education and brewmaster dinner events, a full bar, and seasonal outdoor seating, Barr told the Sun in a previous interview.
The brewery will include beer and food pairing as an integral part of the menu, Barr said, and information about the beers is available online at www.fiftyfiftybrewing.com, with a sample menu following within the next few weeks.