Barrel Republic rolling into Old Town Temecula

New gastropub will join 1909 and PUBlic House on Old Town’s Main Street.

Barrel Republic, a popular chain of craft beer gastropubs in San Diego County, is opening a location in Old Town Temecula, the first foray into Riverside County for the company.

It currently operates locations in Pacific Beach, Oceanside and Carlsbad.

The pub/beer garden, which serves food and allows patrons to pour their own beers from a long list of local and imported beer taps, is slated for the old Serendipity building on Main Street near the Civic Center’s fountain.

On Monday, Dec. 11, Temecula’s Old Town Local Review Board will be considering plans to renovate the building, which will entail adding 1,264 square-feet and two expansive patios.

The new watering hole also will be required to make improvements to the alley to coordinate with the Marketplace buildings that are slated for the vacant parcels in front of the center, which are being developed by the Truax Company.

The listed applicant is Alec Zier of San Diego’s Plumb Line Design.

The new front patio cover would be made of corrugated metal roofing that has a vintage finish, according to the staff report by Brandon Rabidou. On the bottom portion of the front façade, a Santa Barbara smooth stucco finish would replace the existing wood siding.

“Along the top portion of the façade (above the patio) reclaimed wood siding would replace the existing wood siding. The style of this patio cover and improved facade would be consistent with a single story gallery that is permissible in the Old Town Specific Plan,” he wrote. “The smooth stucco, corrugated metal, and reclaimed wood siding are consistent with historical materials identified in the Design Guidelines of the Old Town Specific Plan.”

One of the interesting wrinkles of the design is the retractable awning system that would cover the rear patio. Materials for the patio covers include corrugated metal roofing, same as the front patio; a Santa Barbara smooth stucco finish and a natural stone veneer (Tumbled Elk Mountain.)

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