About 15 months after it opened up a 2,500-square foot taproom at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett, Night Shift Brewing announced today it has plans to add another 1,500 square feet of drinking room.
"We're completely filling our current space with customers on a fairly regular basis," brewery co-founder Mike O'Mara said via a press release. "With this expansion, we can add a second bar, more seating, more bathrooms, and the option to host fully private events."
O'Mara said the new space will be cozier and more intimate but will have a similar industrial vibe as Night Shift's current taproom. The expansion will take over a currently empty, adjacent warehouse. The team is starting construction this month, and the $350,000 project is expected to be complete by early next year.
Night Shift launched in 2012 and opened its present taproom and brewing facility last May.
Since July, other local nano-breweries Idle Hands Craft Ales and Enlightenment Ales have been shacking up at 87 Santilli, after being displaced by the Wynn Casino project on the other side of Everett. Idle Hands is tenant-brewing with Night Shift's equipment on a limited basis while it works to secure a new home and build it out. Currently, Idle Hands Snake Eyes ale is pouring as a guest draft at Night Shift's taproom. Idle Hands hasn't shared an update yet, but when the company inks a deal for a new facility, it will share the news on its website.
While the Night Shift press release doesn't mention Idle Hands' tenancy, O'Mara notes the planned expansion project isn't expected to affect the taproom's current hours nor the brewery's ability to operate.