As several new restaurants prepare to open in Northwest Portland, two beer bars are closing in that neighborhood. The original Lompoc Brewery pub, Lompoc Tavern, will close on September 26, to be filled by a new location for the Southeast bar called Tap & Table. The brewery opened in 1993, though it went through a major renovation in 2013 when the property was redeveloped into a mixed-use space. According to an interview in the Oregonian, Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter says the area’s new development made it difficult to maintain the late-night business they rely on. Lompoc still operates its Fifth Quadrant location on Williams, as well as its Oaks Bottom brewpub on SE Bybee.
Meanwhile, Lompoc Tavern’s neighbor quietly closed on its own, Willamette Week reports. The Abbey, a fairly new location of the NW 21st Belgian beer bar, has shuttered its location within the same building as the Lompoc Tavern, directing visitors to the original location on NW 21st. It seems that building is a tough one for beer lovers.
• Lompoc [Official]
• The Abbey [Official]
• Lompoc Tavern to close, a victim of upscale changes on NW 23rd [The O]
• The Abbey Bar and Bottle Shop Has Closed Its Northwest 23rd Avenue Location [WWeek]