It seems as one door opens, another one closes … on State Street anyway.
After what seemed like some two years, Night Lizard, 607 State St., has finally opened its doors. It’s a comfortable, brick-walled brewery with a fire ring and patio on State Street.
Shiny, stainless steel tanks that reach from the floor at the rear of the room to the high ceiling above produce some tasty brews ranging from ales to IPAs to porters and stout.
Night Lizard opened somewhat abruptly Aug. 29 to a full house at the family run business. And, the next night almost as busy.
Even though it took many months to jump through the many city permit hoops to finally open, “Lizard King” or owner John Nasser said it was gratifying to see such attendance on his business’s first Wednesday night.
Along with the many brews Night Lizard features, the owner said several restaurants will be delivering their cuisine. Food trucks may also find their way to Night Lizard’s back parking lot.
And, Nasser said, the company plans to donate to local nonprofit conservation groups. “Saving the plant, one beer at a time,” is the company’s motto.
Meanwhile, a door was closed at this week temporarily on one of the newest attractions on the county’s most visible commercial corridor: Mosaic Locale, Artisan Craft Goods, 1131 State St. was stalled.
City officials halted interior construction in what used to be Peet’s Coffee. Impact Hub and SIMA, the local acquisition and property management company, planned to bring several food and drink purveyors into the space. However, a permitting dispute halted the effort for a day or so.
Impact Hub co-founder and general manager Dan Ferrick said things are on track again after meeting with a city official Aug. 30. The Mosaic is coming together.
Impact Hub is no stranger to jumping through city permit hoops. Its Satellite Café opening was delayed almost a year. And, completion of the newest Impact Hub site on Chapala Street has been slowed by city inspectors through most of the summer.
Meanwhile, some small bright spots have popped up on the 1000 block of State Street. For example, at 1019 State St., the Santa Barbara Visual Artists is having Sept. 1 reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at what is becoming a gallery.
And the trendy Charleston Show Store has opened at 1017A State St. Across the street though, at 1014B, Tangonadas has closed after about 18 months of making empanadas, those mouth-watering food-filled turnovers.