Taps is a successful Petaluma restaurant and beer haven, established in 2009. And their new landlord wants them out.
“We’re being squeezed out of the space we’re in right now,” says Taps owner Eric Lafranchi. “The [property] owner is making it super difficult.”
Since buying the building last year, Terry Andrews has kicked out tenants of the residential hotel upstairs and business owners on the street level, including a record and vitamin store, nail salon and internet marketing company. After Andrews himself called health code inspectors on Taps last month, the craft-beer hotspot started looking for a new space to call home.
“It’s not a sanitary issue,” says Lafranchi of the health inspection. “With the volume of food that we put out on a daily basis, the hood system is not keeping up with it.” The health department shut down hot food service earlier this month after a visit during a busy lunch service revealed ventilation issues with the aging equipment, something Lafranchi says his lease places partial responsibility for on the landlord. For now, Taps is still serving cold foods like sandwiches and salads (and beer, of course).
When asked why his well-respected hotspot was being “squeezed out,” Lafranchi said he didn’t know. But the Petaluma native wants to relocate in his hometown, even though it may take a few months. “We’re looking for some digs that will appreciate the vibe that we can bring to it,” says Lafranchi.
Taps, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 707.763.6700.