If there’s one thing that’s surviving the recession, it’s bars. Specifically ones focused on beer.

BiteClub’s heard rumors of two brewpubs in development (one in Sebastopol, one in Windsor) and now, there’s word that Sprenger’s Tap Room is slated to open in the Brickyard Center across from Macy’s in downtown Santa Rosa in January(ish).

It’s a collaborative project between Kevin Sprenger (a former co-owner of Doc Holliday’s) and biz partners Robert Braun and Mark
Bozin. Sprenger tells Biteclub he’s planning to have about 30 beers on tap, big screen TV’s and most likely a pool table and shuffleboard.

He’s rehabbing the former Evolution Yoga Studio. Which just happens to be around the corner from the SRJC Culinary Center and Cafe — a massive culinary space that will go vacant after the JC moves out in late December for their new digs on Mendocino Ave.

Speaking of which…downtown Santa Rosa’s Anna Purna has been dark for several months, with a sign that suggests they’ll reopen at a later date. Though that date has come and gone. Also closed…Charlie’s Serious Chili Dogs on Santa Rosa
Avenue has also shuttered, but the owner hopes to make a go of his hot dog business with a mobile unit in the near future.