Flathead Lake Brewing today announced a lengthy list of changes going on at their downtown Missoula digs. Due to a massive water leak in early October—which did "several hundred thousands dollars of damage," according to the brewery's press release—Flathead will be remodeling the first and second floors. In addition, the name Sapore will officially disappear from the first floor restaurant, says events coordinator Patrick Landon, and the entire building will become Flathead Lake Brewing of Missoula.
"No owners are going anywhere," Landon says, explaining that the name change was decided on largely to make the building more uniform. Rather, Sapore and Flathead Lake are joining forces, as Sapore hinted on its Facebook page in early October.
The second floor tap room will be open Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a Festival of the Dead-themed nonprofit fundraiser. Landon says the second floor should be fully open in about two weeks, with an extended bar. Renovations to the first floor restaurant will likely take an additional two weeks, Landon adds. The decor will be dramatically altered to fit more with Flathead Lake's style, and the building's menus will change. No one is losing a job, Landon says, but all staff will now work both floors. When the remodel is complete, patrons will be able to pass between both floors with drinks in hand.
Eventually, Flathead Lake plans to open an event room on the third floor called the Imperial Lounge. Landon says the brewery has not yet set a date for that opening.