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Brewster’s Beer Garden Coming to Petaluma

SF Restaurateur, Chef planning Brewster's Beer Garden in Petaluma. The large-scale eatery and beer garden will have a riverfront view, craft brews and barbecue

Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster's Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.
Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster’s Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.
Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster's Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.
Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster’s Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.

Permits have been signed and work is set to get started on Brewster’s Beer Garden in downtown P-town. We’ve just gotten word from owner Mike Goebel that he’s planning a pretty ambitious space that will include a large restaurant with a beer garden (natch), bocce ball court, kids playground area and bar. “The site was phenomenal,” said Goebel by phone.

Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster's Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.
Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster’s Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.

“I like the people and the culture of Petaluma, and it’s nestled in with cool historic buildings right on the river,” he said of the now-parking lot near Buffalo Billiards on Petaluma Blvd North. Goebel is the owner of several bars in San Francisco and the restaurant, Mamacita.

Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster's Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.
Artist rendering of the proposed Brewster’s Beer Garden in Petaluma. Courtesy of Michael Goebel.

He’s tapped Chef Chris Beerman of the popular SF comfort food restaurant Citizens Band (also Boulevard, Conduit) to head the kitchen, which will focus on “barbecue influenced” food and local craft brews.

Goebel hopes to create a family-friendly space that includes the possibility of bringing in dessert food trucks or coffee carts to add to the experience. “I want something cool and  different, we think this is a really sweet opportunity,” Goebel said.

Expect between nine months and a year to opening.

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18 thoughts on “Brewster’s Beer Garden Coming to Petaluma

  1. “As I stated before this project will not happen within the next five years …”

    Welp, so much for that. The project is well under way.

  2. There is parking about 50 yards north on the river bank, on Water St. One can actually ride a bike to and from Lagunitas, and other breweries. Petaluma needs the tax dollars for street repair. Stop complaining, and help make this transition from sleepy ag town to tourist destination smooth. I live near downtown, and would enjoy beer garden in this town. I hope that the Petaluma Hotel finally gets upgraded, and turned into a income generating business for the city. I’m rather upbeat about this little town of ours growing up (hopefully responsibly).

    Here is the traffic impact report:

    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1943&meta_id=323186

    1. Awesome, lived in novato most of my life and it materialized to nothing over the years.Petaluma rocks,keep up the great planning; )

  3. It looks like a good concept, especially it being a family friendly place to hang out. But I have big concerns about the location and whether there is really demand. I drove through that parking lot yesterday, midday, and it was nearly full. I live in the nearby Oakhill neighborhood and while I am far enough away not to be impacted I would be concerned that noise and parking would intrude upon the part of our neighborhood that is close to this area. There are already regular battles over noise and while we live close to downtown we didn’t move there to be a noisy city environment. There is also an apartment building right across the river from this spot. What about those families? And, with many of the nearby homes being older, they often don’t have garages and sometimes barely a driveway. People rely on street parking to access their homes. Please don’t let p-town grow at the expense of residents. There are already a number of good beer drinking locations in town that are local enterprises. Do we really need one more?

  4. EXTENSIVE CONSTRUCTION DURING A SEVERE DROUGHT?!? How much water will they use to convert this space? There’s a beer garden already going in a block away, btw. They announced months ago, AND it’s a local Petaluma kid that’s developing it. Food trucks, mobile/non permanent structures WITH parking still available. That project sounds way more sustainable and something I’d support. Sorry SF. Keep it local.

  5. Wilson,
    While I agree with the very obvious that parking in Petaluma should be addressed before any other plans are approved in downtown. the fact that people are not willing to walk three blocks makes you proud is troubling but there are plenty of drive through restaurants for people who are as price sensitive and lazy as you seem to be so you are set. Tres hombres failed for many reasons the only one you pointed out was the one they never had, which was parking. Like the Social Club that also closed for a host of reasons but the same as Tres the each were right next to parking garages.

  6. Gotta love the creativity! Isn’t that what our culture is about?
    Creative entrepreneurs willing to take a risk .

  7. I can’t believe my post critical of this venture was removed. So petty….As I stated before this project will not happen within the next five years as it involves a lot of complicated issues such as parking and ADA requirements. On top of that the developer of this non-start project ones Mamacita restaurant on Chestnut St. in SF which is geared to one dimensional SF tech types and will not do well in Petaluma where people think for themselves and pride themselves on supporting “real” locally owned businesses.

  8. If you have ever been to that area, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the parking lot they’ll be building on is ALWAYS FULL. Where, exactly, are people who already visit the existing establishments (mostly locally-owned, by the way) supposed to park when the lot is built over?? I, for one, will think twice before choosing a restaurant or bar or shop or pool hall with limited parking and I doubt I’m alone in this. Essentially, this new “City” place will be adversely effecting the businesses around it. Not cool, P-town. Not cool.

  9. True that Fred!!! This is going to be DOPE! We need more spots in Petaluma as its a growing town. I’ve lived here for a number of years and appreciate all the recent developments. The silly SMART train isn’t going to take us any where cool so we might want to focus on improving our own town

  10. Just what we DON”T need in Petaluma. SF restaurants, stay where you are. We don’t live in an urban area for a reason. The Planning Dept is already allowing too much development in town. Ugly overbuilt “hotel” downtown with….drumroll…no parking. We live her because we were born here or moved here long ago- for the peace and lovely surroundings. NO MORE URBANIZATION

  11. I agree with Wilson. There is no parking on Petaluma Blvd near this location. I really doubt that “permits are in hand” as the article states. He owns Mamacita in SF on Chestnut Street? Good luck trying to extrapolate that type of overly entitled food culture to Petaluma where people still want substance over style. This is never going to get built without serious building modifications and years of patience dealing with ADA and other code issues.

  12. Sorry to be a spoiled sport here. I kind of prefer to hear the facts and not propaganda and rhetoric,

    First, the artist’s rendering shown here is the view of the top of the structure as seen from Petaluma Blvd. Second, he’s building this in the parking lot that is used by all of the businesses in the vicinity. Downtown Petaluma has a lack of parking as it is. So just where are his customers as well as all of the other displaced business patrons going to park?

    Tres Amigo’s failed because of the absence of sufficient close parking. Seared will fail too (also because their prices are too high for Petaluma). Mr. Goebel, sorry but this isn’t San Francisco where people will gladly park three blocks from their destination. . The way to win in the restaurant biz is quite different here. Just as the folks at Dempsey’s.

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