Neptune’s Taphouse project delayed

Johnathan Hettinger -
Monday, June 11, 2018

Enterprise photos by Johnathan Hettinger

Construction workers move a beam down Clark Street into the new Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery building on Thursday.

Neptune’s owner Lauren Silano holds a horseshoe that was being used to support wall beams in the new taphouse.

Neptune’s owners Lauren Silano and Jon Berens watch construction in front of the future Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery on Main Street in downtown Livingston.

Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery on Main Street in downtown Livingston likely won’t open until November or December.

The building, at the corner of Main and Clark streets, was in much worse shape than anticipated, said Neptune’s co-owner Lauren Silano. Construction delays, including seven weeks of asbestos removal and waiting on materials, have slowed the project, which was originally supposed to open this summer.

But work is cranking up again, as construction workers installed new beams to help support the roof.

The new location will be home to a restaurant and bar, with space for events, while the current Neptune’s location will still be used to brew beer. The separate locations will allow Neptune’s to stay open later and not limit consumption to 48 ounces, as the taphouse will have a liquor license.

Structural problems, including one end of the building being eight inches lower than the other side, required construction workers to tear down the south wall. Beams on that wall were placed on top of old horseshoes for support.

When asked if it would have been easier to tear it down, Silano pointed out that the asbestos removal would still have had to be done, and said the building’s roof is connected with the building next to it.

Silano said she is excited that they are still able to have the old tresses across the ceiling, though they will no longer be used for support. They also have most of the original floor tiling, Silano said.

Though the project is delayed, Silano said learning about the process will help if Neptune’s expands in the future, which they have in mind — especially outside of Montana because of strict liquor laws.

“The silver lining is I learned a lot,” Silano said. “To have this be the first project, I don’t think I’ll ever run into anything more difficult than this building.”