Paso Robles’ newest drinking establishment will feature a beer garden with 24 brews on tap — and a replacement for a now-closed longtime restaurant.

The Backyard on Thirteenth, located near the intersection of 13th and Railroad streets, will open on Feb. 14. The beer garden will feature a spacious outdoor seating area with communal tables, heater lamps and fireplaces, according to a news release.

Repurposed shipping containers will provide space for beverage service, a lounge and restrooms, and a separate family area will include space for children.

The Backyard’s taps will feature a rotating selection of beers from local breweries, as well as Paso Robles wines and craft beers from out of the area. Bottled drinks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

“The open-air nature of our venue allows guests to take full advantage of three valuable Central Coast commodities: incredible weather, great food and fine, homegrown beverages,” owner Russell Baker said in a statement.

The Backyard has been in the works since 2017, when Russell and Amy Baker purchased a 13,000-square-foot property next to the former Chubby Chandler’s Pizza. The Paso Robles Planning Commission approved plans for the establishment in spring 2018.

The Bakers originally intended to incorporate Chubby Chandler’s into their venue. However, Roots on Railroad, a new walk-up restaurant serving up “gourmet street fare,” will take its place in a renovated space.

Chris Beckett, former Fish Gaucho executive chef, and Katie Castillo, owner of meal prep service Katie’s Kitchen, will own and operate the restaurant. The eatery will be open for lunch and dinner and will feature dishes such as burgers, lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese.

“Having grown up here, it’s been exciting to see how much Paso Robles has grown and changed over the years while still maintaining its small-town charm and appeal,” Baker said in a statement. “We are pleased to be a part of this growth and to invest in our city by developing this property into a fun, family-friendly hangout.”

Via: The Tribune