New Development: Pelican Brewing Company Takes Shape in Lincoln City | New
After a project hiatus several months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work resumed last spring and continues this fall for the Pelican Brewing Company’s Lincoln City site on Siletz Bay, next door. from highway 101.
Pelican Brewing Company CEO and co-owner Jim Prinzing said his company is preparing to launch the project in earnest in the fall of 2019.
âOur original plan was to start construction then and open in 2021, of course the pandemic got in the way and that changed our plans,â he said. âWe put the project on hold as soon as the pandemic struck. We hit the Pause button and paused the project entirely just to assess where everything was going and what was happening.
As the pandemic eased, Prinzing said the company had put the project back on track and work was continuing in earnest.
âThings are going well,â he said. “All the site work has been completed, the foundations have been poured, the construction supports are in place, the framing started about two months ago and the last part of the roof is being installed.”
Interior work is expected to begin in early November for the approximately 14,000 square foot building. Prinzing declined to give specific details on the monetary value of the project. He estimated that around 20 people are working on the project at any given time.
The vision for the Pelican Pub comes from the surrounding area.
âWe were inspired by this site,â said Prinzing. âJust the beautiful views and it’s unique from our other Pelican locations.â
Prinzing said that as Pelican is adding new locations, the company wants them to be different from other locations, so there’s a reason to go to each one.
âSo that’s how this site told us with the views and the interaction between the bay and where the tide really goes, there are clams and there are all kinds of birds. The inspiration for the site was “how do we build something that is truly complementary to the spectacular landscape, really works with the legacy of Culter City, and brings in elements of the more modern type design that has prevailed in this region”.
Prinzing said that in researching a new location, his company was doing what he called âcreating placesâ.
“There is a gap at this site between Taft district and before you get to Salishan,” he said. âWe were really drawn to the site because it’s a bit remote from everything else and close enough to Newport and Depoe Bay, but it’s also close to Lincoln City and far enough away from our location in Pacific City. It is also close to the destination sites.
Prinzing describes the new business as a full service restaurant and brasserie with a twist.
âWe are in the process of dismantling our original brewery equipment which was launched at the Pacific City site,â he said. âTo bring part of the heritage. It will produce tons of small batches of beer that will be served in all of our breweries, but especially in our Siletz Bay site. “
The Lincoln City Pelican will feature a lobby with a bar for customers to drink while they wait for a table and retail space will be adjacent to the lobby. The restaurant will feature a main dining room with an island-style bar, a second-floor mezzanine with a bar, and two private dining rooms that can be closed for private events, such as weddings.
âWe are really looking forward to having a dedicated event space and that it will be more space for community use,â he said.
âWe see ourselves as a destination brand,â said Prinzing. âIt’s really about the memories, the beach. We love to share our beach communities with others and have them loved like us. We are a brewery; However, these are super family friendly places. We want people to create great beach memories. It’s really about getting together with friends and family.
Prinzing praised the city of Lincoln City as the company and the city worked on a tsunami escape route and eventual employee housing on adjacent property at the Lincoln City site.
âHousing could be one of the uses of this property, or it could be parking, or it could be something else,â he said.
Pelican Lincoln City will also sport a large deck with an adjacent broadwalk.
âThe boardwalk that wraps around this bridge will eventually connect to the Taft neighborhood, so we’re working with the city with plans to connect those tows so you can walk cleanly around the bay on broadwalk. So it will be really cool.
Prinzing said the Lincoln City Pelican will also feature an indoor-outdoor location that will include a crab boil site and a crab tank.
Prinzing added that her company also plans to connect with nonprofits, schools and other community groups through in-kind donations, volunteer hours and monetary donations.
âWe know you need a village, so it’s really important to us,â he said. âThese communities are small and our list is long as to how we like to participate. Our main goal is the education of children.
Pelican has three sites along the Oregon coast and employs approximately 300 people. Pacific City Brew Pub, Cannon Beach Brew Pub and Production Brewery and Tap Room in Tillamook. Pelican also operates lodging facilities along the northern Oregon coast. About 100 people are employed in these establishments.
The Lincoln City Pelican Brewing Company is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022.
âAs we have grown over the years and recognizing the size of our communities, a business like ours that always thinks small, always thinks of family, there is such an opportunity to improve the quality of life, to improve the diversity. Said Prinzing. “Our company is uniquely positioned to do a lot of these things and preserve an incredible heritage of our places and take care of our beaches.”
The Pelican Brewing Company was founded in 1996 in Pacific City.