West Side vis­i­tor cen­ter seek­ing lo­cal brew­ers to run tap­room

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS - BY PI­LAR MARTINEZ JOUR­NAL STAFF WRITER

Brew­ers look­ing for a new spot on his­toric Route 66 can ap­ply to be the tap­room op­er­a­tor for the up­com­ing West Cen­tral Route 66 Vis­i­tor Cen­ter on Nine Mile Hill.

The West Cen­tral Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group is ask­ing in­ter­ested brew­ers to sub­mit let­ters of in­ter­est and gen­eral con­cepts for the tap­room and ban­quet hall, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site said.

WCCDG is the op­er­a­tor on the Ber­nalillo County project. The county ac­quired the prop­erty for the cen­ter in 2016, and city and state gov­ern­ment funds are sup­port­ing the project as well.

Since the pur­chase, plans and the bud­get for the cen­ter have changed sev­eral times with the cur­rent es­ti­mated cost com­ing in at $12 mil­lion.

At 4,500 square feet, the tap­room will take up more than a fifth of the 21,000-square-foot cen­ter. That will in­clude a 917-square-foot out­door pa­tio.

A ground­break­ing for the cen­ter is planned for this De­cem­ber and the cen­ter should be op­er­a­tional by Jan­uary 2022, said Luis Her­nan­dez Jr., the de­vel­op­ment group’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the WCCDG, the tap­room is ex­pected to be a ma­jor draw for both lo­cals and tourists.

The cen­ter at 12200 Cen­tral SW will fea­ture a ban­quet hall, out­door am­phithe­ater, mu­seum, gift shop and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, ac­cord­ing to the WCCDG.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the project are due by Oct. 15. To ap­ply or learn more, visit www.wccdg.org/ copy-of-ban­quet-room-rfi-de­tails.

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