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Gander Taphouse set to open end of the year in Loomis

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis will be greeted with another waterfowl mascot when the Gander Taphouse opens its doors the end of this year.

The Gander Taphouse will be at 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis.

Loomis resident Nate Peters and his wife, Kim, are happy to open a restaurant/bar at the Blue Goose.

“I’ve been a general contractor for the past decade and a restaurant owner,” Nate Peters said. “I started as a line cook, then made my way to server and then to manager, and then I soon was running my own business. I’ve always been doing construction, though, since I was very young.”  

What sets this business (Gander Taphouse) apart from his other ventures is the location and the town of Loomis, according to Peters.

“We’ve wanted this space for awhile now, Peters said. “We tried to get it originally about five years ago before the antique place went in. At that time, there was nothing in there so the cost was way too much.”

As soon as Peters saw it was for sale last year, he wanted the space.

“I was coaching my son at a soccer game one day in October of last year and my wife saw the sign for lease and we called the property owner that Saturday and met with the owner two days later on Monday morning,” Peters said. “This building is pretty amazing.”

The Gander Taphouse will also provide entertainment.

“The main thing we were looking for was a lounge-style vision for a restaurant and taphouse,” Peters said. “Somewhere to get a nice beer or a nice glass of wine but have nice seats and a comfortable setting where no one is walking on concrete.”

The Gander Taphouse will serve a “clean eating” style menu, according to Peters.

“My wife calls it ‘clean eating’ as we will feature wedge salads, paninis and a heavily appetizer- centered menu.”

The Gander Taphouse will also have up to 30 beer taps available from local breweries.

“The focus is to get all of the local breweries into one space here at the Gander. We are picking and choosing in terms of the local beer selection and that’s what we will have ready for our guests.”

Loomis Councilman Tim Onderko is excited to see more options for downtown Loomis.

“The town is doing a good job at encouraging economic development in the downtown area,” Onderko said. “People want destinations to go to and the Gander will be a great addition to downtown Loomis.”

Estimated completion date for the Gander Taphouse will be as soon as the end of October to the beginning of November, according to Peters.

“There were a few unforeseen hiccups that were out of our control, but ideally, we are aiming to finish this up later this fall,” Peters said.

The Gander Taphouse can serve up to 148 guests. Multiple farmhouse style tables with luxury booths will make up the main bar and restaurant area. The back area will be for entertainment. Peters plans to have shuffleboard, Connect Four and other bar-style games for visitors.

“This will be a place for everyone,” Peters said, “as a family-centered environment for anyone who wants to come enjoy good beer and wine.”