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Neptune’s Brewery has nailed down plans for a new restaurant and bar on Main Street in Livingston.

The venture, Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery — located on the corner of Clark Street and Main — will operate as a separate business in addition to the brewery’s tasting room on L Street, which will remain open.

Owners Lauren Silano and Jon Berens had been in search of a location to house an expanded brewery and restaurant — scoping out places such as the city’s renovated Yellowstone Grain Elevator. But when their plans fell through, the pair decided to split the businesses up, keeping the current brewery and opening the restaurant and bar with the help of Silano’s mother and stepfather Susan and Johnny Kirkland.

The Kirklands will run the bar side of the Taphouse and Eatery, while Silano and Berens will operate the restaurant, which will feature Neptune’s popular sushi, as well as burgers, tacos and seafood. The current tasting room will continue to serve food until the Taphouse opens.

“It’s a very interesting solution to a problem that didn’t seem to have one,” Silano said.

The Taphouse will have its own liquor license, meaning that it will stay open later than 8 p.m. and serve wine, sake and cocktails in addition to draft beer. The 7,000-square-foot building, formerly a bowling alley, will feature outdoor seating and a large event space in the back.

Silano and Berens are working with NE45 Architecture out of Bozeman and Stott Brothers Construction to renovate the space over the coming months. The business should be open by the end of June, Silano said.

And once the restaurant is up and running, the couple can start planning the expansion of the brewery, she added. In 2016, Neptune’s was one of several breweries across the state to take part in an environmental evaluation of its operation.

“We’ve thought about how this would impact the community at every turn,” Silano said. “I have a lot on my plate right now, but I think that this is the right decision and it’s really going to shine. We’re just really excited.”

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Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or lkendall@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @lewdak

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