Left Hand Brewing opening a restaurant next to RiNo’s Mission Ballroom

Longmont’s Left Hand Brewery plans to open a taproom and restaurant next to the Mission Ballroom concert venue in RiNo early next year. (Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing)

After a deal to land in Curtis Park fell apart, Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing has found a new spot for its expansion into Denver.

The company, which has operated since 1993, said Thursday that it expects to open a 7,500-square-foot taproom and restaurant in RiNo’s North Wynkoop development sometime early next year.

The North Wynkoop project so far includes the Mission Ballroom concert venue and an adjacent three-story office building, where venue operator AEG Presents has space.

Both structures were built by Denver-based Westfield, which still has acres of land in the area slated for future development. The company sold one site within North Wynkoop to Houston-based Hines and Chicago-based Cresset Capital Management in 2019. They broke ground last fall on an 11-story, 397-unit apartment complex.

“After being introduced to the Westfield team, we were inspired by their long-term vision for North Wynkoop and the creative, culinary and entertainment community they’re building in River North,” Left Hand president and co-founder Eric Wallace said in a statement. “We’re excited to help bring that vision to life as we have in Longmont through our brewery and tap room for the past 27 years.”

This will be the first foray outside Longmont for Left Hand, not counting the bars and liquor stores that already sell its beer. The company will not physically brew beer in RiNo. On the flip side, its Longmont facility doesn’t incorporate a restaurant.

Left Hand originally announced in early 2020 that it had signed a lease for Liberati Restaurant & Brewery’s former space at 2403 Champa St. in Curtis Park. But that deal — which did call for Left Hand to brew on site — fell apart by August, with Left Hand and its landlord both painting a slightly different picture of what happened.

Alex Liberati, who founded the former brewery and is part of the entity that owns its former real estate, told BusinessDen Thursday that he has yet to land a new tenant, but “since Christmas, it’s been booming.”

Four parties are currently interested in the space, at least one of which is a brewery, he said.

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