Silver Moon brewpub, the familiar nightspot at 24 NW Greenwood Ave. in Bend, is coming back online Monday after a five-month hiatus for renovations.
The place has expanded, and incorporates a collection of work, decor and furnishings by local craftsmen and designers, according to Silver Moon partners James Watts and Matt Barrett. With a new kitchen and increased occupancy in the bar and dining area, the pub will have more of a family-friendly feel, Barrett said.
“We transitioned from what the city considered to be a bar to more of a family restaurant environment,” Watts said, “and to get that status we had to add a third bathroom, but we got a much higher occupancy allowance,” from 119 to 178.
The renovated Silver Moon may allow minors inside an hour longer, until 9 p.m., thanks to the changes, which include a fully functional kitchen.
“Before, we were very limited, but now it’s a true, full set-up,” Barrett said, “fryers, grill, flattop, ovens, broiler, a proper kitchen. It’s tight, but it’s fully functional.”
The brewpub is running through a series of private events this week, soft openings to help the owners and the staff of about 20, including eight new hires, work out the bugs in the renovated space. Silver Moon comes back into service at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Watts said. A grand opening is set for the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14.
The planned remodel took longer than anticipated, the partners said Tuesday during a lunch demonstration for the staff.
Digging into the existing structure, which Deschutes County property records show is at least 10 years old, revealed electrical and gas lines, for example, in need of improvement, Watts and Barrett said.
Not only did the unanticipated improvements create a delay, they also pushed the project over budget. The partners declined to cite figures, saying only the job cost the company a sum in the high six figures. The original plan for a six-week face-lift morphed into a five-month overhaul.
“We originally wanted to split it into multiple phases, but by the time we dug into it, it just didn’t make sense,” Barrett said. “We ended up doing all the phases up front.”
Watts added: “It just evolved into this bigger and better project, but cost us five months offline and all of our summer traffic.”
Silver Moon patrons will recognize the same basic layout and the artwork: the stage-backdrop mural by Natalie Fletcher and the back-corner mural of brewing tanks by David Kinker. But little else remains inside of the old pub and its honky-tonk feel.
The drop-down ceiling is gone, now with roof ribs exposed. The new tables and chairs, manufactured by Bend designer Robert Burr, evoke an industrial workspace. The bar is shortened and lowered, creating a more inviting space than the traditional, barricade-style structure it replaces.
Mark Barakman created high-standing tables with steel tabletops laser-cut with the Silver Moon logo, and the Silver Moon lettering above the bar. Abe Gilreath crafted a merchandise display, liquor shelves and beer display, Watts said.
“We wanted to enroll some local artists, craftsmen, to give the place a unique look and not just have off-the-shelf elements,” Watts said.
A massive stainless-steel industrial tank, cut in half top to bottom, polished and pierced by a ring of tap handles, serves as the pub centerpiece, the brew dispensing system.
Head brewer Jacob Zuchowski, a woodworker in his off-hours, turned the 16 tap handles himself, Watts said. Glen Costa, of MetalArt Welding Inc., in Redmond, rehabilitated the steel tank, which Watts and Barrett bought through eBay out of a Nebraska field, into the draft system.
“We got the tank, split it in half, regrained it — it was a mill finish — and we had to stiffen the tank up with more stainless (steel),” Costa said Wednesday.
The tank, about 9 feet high and 6 feet wide, weighed about 900 pounds before it was cut in half, he said. Costa, who works with local breweries on brew systems, said he enjoyed the opportunity to exercise some creativity.
“It’s a lot of fun, and I hope to do more,” Costa said.
Commercial builder Kellcon, of Bend, was the general contractor. The brewery partners said they strove for an “urban industrial” style. The original brewery onsite is still in service, making small-batch beers, porter and Pilsner, although Silver Moon moved its production brewery to Redmond in 2015.
“When we went into it originally, it was to give it a nice face-lift and make it kinda more current and consistent, true to our roots and who we are,” Barrett said. “We’ve been around so long and have so many locals coming in here, we wanted to make sure it still felt like Silver Moon.”
Along with that, he said, came simple improvements, like reliable plumbing and electrical systems. Watts agreed.
“Downtown funky,” he said, “but more functional and kind of a cleaner look.”
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