Taps eyes new location downtown

Petaluma watering hole Taps is planning to move a few blocks down the street to a new home, the owner said, but it's not clear how soon it can get out of its current lease in Hotel Petaluma.

Owner Eric Lafranchi said he will take over the site of the former Riverside Bistro at 54 E. Washington St., putting his craft beer bar just steps away from brewpub Dempsey's Restaurant and Brewery.

"We're kind of following the automotive dealership model: let's stack all the good stuff together and see what happens," Lafranchi said.

The new location will be similar to the current location, he said, with about 40 beer taps, up from 35. They will lose the large back room, which can hold nearly 100 people for special events; the new location will have an event space, but only for about 25 people.

The restaurant will, however, gain a large outdoor seating area with a river view, holding as many as 70 seats.

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