Taps, a popular Petaluma brewpub, is looking for new digs after major equipment problems at its Kentucky Street location, a historic structure built in the 1920s.
Owner Eric Lafranchi said the aging venting system for the pub's stove became overloaded after a busy lunch last week, forcing the county Health Department to shut down hot food service. The pub is still able to serve cold food and salads, but not cooked items like chicken wings, burgers and fries, he said.
In its four years inside the first floor of the Hotel Petaluma, Taps has become a busy local watering hole and community gathering place. It serves 35 beers from around the world on tap and frequently hosts special events for unusual brews and small breweries.
But the kitchen's aging infrastructure and ongoing disputes with a new landlord have been frustrating, Lafranchi said.
Last year, the building that houses Taps was bought by a Marin County property owner who began making changes to the insides and facade of the 1923 building at Washington and Kentucky streets.