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Big changes are coming to a longtime downtown restaurant.

The Garage on East Main Street closed in mid-April for remodeling to add a beer and wine bar and a rooftop patio, and it will open with a new name.

Owners expect it to reopen in July as Shine Beer Sanctuary with a bottle shop and 30 beers and at least four wines on tap, said Shine co-owner Pete Strom.

La Parrilla, a burrito shop on West Babcock, will also move into the space, and elements from The Garage, like the soup shack, will remain, Strom said. There are plans for a new restaurant to open under the Garage brand at another location, Strom said.

The Garage has been open since 2001 and has mostly stayed the same until now, Strom said. He and co-owner Travis Collins have been involved in several restaurants across the Gallatin Valley over the past couple decades and decided it was time to change The Garage’s model to keep up with current trends in the industry.

Transitioning from a full-service to a “fine casual” model, there will be an accelerated kitchen, where the food is made in front of customers at the counter and can be customized, Strom said. Beer and wine will be offered upstairs and on the main level.

“Really, in a lot of these bigger cities, you’ll have these places where people can go and congregate at one place,” Collins said.

Collins and Strom want Shine to be a place where people can stop in for a quick bite or get a beer and hang out all afternoon. They hope for it to be the place people start their night, projecting hours to be from 10 a.m. to about 12 a.m.

The owners are hoping to create a place that’s the main hang out space for locals.

“We’re both passionate about food and people,” Strom said. “How do we grow people and how do we grow our community in healthy ways?”

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