The Lantern Tap House is expanding.
Owners Mike and Melinda Dolmage, along with partner James Pearson, will introduce their plans to stretch the tap house into the space next door with an open house and food drive this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Mike Dolmage said the space next door to the tap house, 1004 S. Perry St., became available when the Perry Street Cafe closed in December. The Lantern partners plan to remodel the space into a public house, serving casual fare. The family-friendly restaurant would serve quality, but reasonably priced pub grub, including burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, chicken wings, fries and potato skins.
The planned construction would open up the tiny Lantern Tap House to the adjoining space a little bit, but Mike Dolmage said they hope to preserve the tiny bar the neighborhood regulars love.
"We still want to have that quaint atmosphere in the bar area," he said.
The bar would continue to serve those 21 and older and patrons could order food. They also hope to extend the feel of the neighborhood pub into the new space.
Originally called the Lantern Tavern, the little bar opened in 2009. Dolmage and his wife purchased the Lantern in July 2012.
They are introducing plans for the former Perry Street Cafe space with an open house and food drive this weekend. The lantern has teamed up with Ninkasi Brewery, of Eugene, Ore. Bring a non-perishable food item and there will be $3.50 pint specials on Ninkaski Renewale ESB, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA, Ninkasi Redunkulous, Ninkasi Oatis Stout.
The Lantern Tap House is open at 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They'll close at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at midnight on Sunday.
Dolmage said he and his wife love the neighborhood and are excited to share the plans for the expanded tap house.
"We couldn't be more happy to be a part of the South Perry neighborhood," he said.
They're hoping to host an open house again mid-way through construction. They'd like to open the expansion by the weekend of St. Patrick's Day.