The owners of Lolo Peak Brewing Co. will build an 8,000-square-foot, two-story brewpub and restaurant in the heart of Missoula at the Old Sawmill District, just a stone’s throw from Ogren Allegiance Park and the Clark Fork River.
“Nearly everything is set in place, except for the investors,” said Patrick Offen, who co-owns Lolo Peak with Al Zepeda. “We do have some investors interested. Once we get them on board, we will literally be able to start being able to break ground this fall.”
The brewery will be just north of Wyoming Street and the new Polleys Square condominium development that breaks ground Tuesday, between the sidewalk and the creek in Silver Park.
The business will have a full liquor license, and Offen said Lolo Peak’s handcrafted beers will be delivered by milk truck from Lolo.
“We’ll also serve Montana-distilled cocktails made with local herbs and spices,” he said. “We won’t serve Coke and Pepsi products. We’ll have homemade sodas made with organic agave nectar. It’ll be real family-oriented, with a nice grotto area for kids to play at. If we can somehow make a portion of it dog friendly, we will. There will be lots of bicycle parking. We really want it to have that brewery atmosphere.”
The upper story will feature a balcony and a bar area with TV screens for the sports crowd, while the main level will be more family-oriented. The restaurant will have a different menu from the existing Lolo location, but Offen said the food will be as local as possible.
“It will be an American bistro model,” he explained. “It will be something similar to what we have in Lolo, but it won’t be the same menu.”
The building will be reminiscent of the spacious, sunlit Lolo location.
“There really isn’t a building like it in Missoula right now,” Offen said. “It’s a really open, rustic, Montana-Western atmosphere. We use a lot of sustainable or salvaged lumber. We will have the same or similar bar setup as we do in Lolo, with a concrete bar and a wood inlay. There will be lots of fun stuff.”
Offen said he expects to close on the property in August. He is already looking forward to the day when people can grab dinner and a beer or a cocktail and then walk to a baseball game or to the river.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to team up with (Missoula Osprey baseball team owner) Matt Ellis and work on concerts and games and things like that and really utilize our location,” he said.