Down­town Nampa gets brew­ery, new taco joint

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY KATE TA­LERICO kta­[email protected]­hostates­man.com NAMPA

The idea for the brew­ery came first. Then Alvin Mullins bought the cheapest build­ing in Nampa that could hold it.

Cheap real es­tate prices in Nampa have made its down­town a new haven for hip­ster restau­rants and bars. Ey­ing the suc­cess of well-es­tab­lished com­mu­nity hang­outs like The Fly­ing M Cof­fee Garage and Mes­sen­ger Pizza, more com­pa­nies are look­ing to build a fol­low­ing in the rapidly grow­ing city.

Mullins has in­vested $1.5 mil­lion to buy and ren­o­vate the two-story Dewey Scales build­ing at 1215 First St. South, where he is open­ing his own brew­ery and leas­ing out part of the space to lo­cal restau­ran­teurs who will cre­ate a new taco and tequila joint called Mesa.

“Our vi­sion is to make it look like Eighth Street in Boise,” Mullins said.

First Street has been un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion lately. Pre­funk, a craft beer bar, opened four years ago next to Mes­sen­ger Pizza across the street at 1214 First St. South. In 2015, Kris Wear bought and ren­o­vated an­other his­toric build­ing for her health-food store, World of Nutri­tion, at 1309 First St. South. And this fall, Adam Haynes, the owner of Rolling H Cy­cles, bought the build­ing that pre­vi­ously housed the Whiskey River bar at 1314 First St. South, where Haynes will move his busi­ness.

Built in 1904, the Dewey Scales build­ings’ oc­cu­pants have in­cluded a rail­way of­fice and, most re­cently, a used-book store.

Mullins’ brew­ery, the 2C Fam­ily Brew­ing Co., will spe­cial­ize in Bel­gian-sy­tle beers and Ger­man lagers.

“They’re go­ing to be lighter and more ap­peal­ing to folks who haven’t per­haps found craft beer yet,” he said. He plans to open the brew­ery in March and of­fer 16 taps.

This is Mullins’ first foray into brew­ing. Be­fore, he worked as a soft­ware de­vel­oper and cre­ated fan­tasy sports apps.

2C and Mesa will oc­cupy the first floor of the build­ing, 2C with 3,500 square feet and Mesa with 2,500. Mullins has leased the se­cond floor to Labyrinth Es­cape Games.

Like Mullins, the own­ers of Mesa call Canyon County home. Shayna and An­drew Ran­dall started out in restau­rants by open­ing the county’s first Dutch Bros. cof­fee shop. This is their first down­town ven­ture.

“We wanted to cre­ate a con­cept that is fun and fast and cool for down­town so that peo­ple don’t have to drive so far into Boise,” said Shayna Ran­dall. Their restau­rant, which they hope to open in late De­cem­ber or early Jan­uary, will of­fer an eclec­tic mix of tacos, in­clud­ing buf­falo cauliflower and Thai chicken fla­vors. The Ran­dalls will also op­er­ate a full bar. Mesa will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, with brunch served on week­ends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both Mullins and Ran­dall say they want fam­i­lies to feel wel­come.

“Chil­dren will be wel­come. Dogs will be wel­come. Both of them will need to be well-be­haved or they’ll be put on leashes,” Mullins said.

Both own­ers will have to com­plete ren­o­va­tions. Mullins has stripped the in­te­rior walls of their plas­ter and ex­posed the red brick un­der­neath. The green tile on the out­side of the build­ing is an­other story: Mullins sus­pects that it may be hold­ing up the crum­bling brick be­hind it.

Mullins hopes his project will show­case the sto­ried down­town build­ing and pro­vide a lo­cal hang­out for Nampa’s com­muters to Boise. “When they get home, we’ll be open,” he said.

Pro­vided by Alvin Mullins

This artist’s ren­der­ing shows the ex­posed brick walls and modern feel planned for the 2C Fam­ily Brew­ing Co.

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