Loyal Legion brings beer hall to Old Town Beaverton
At the corner of Southwest Farmington Road and Watson Avenue in Old Town Beaverton stands a Spanish colonial-style building housing the neighborhood's first-ever beer hall.
Loyal Legion — which opened its first location at the Portland Police Athletic Association in Southeast Portland — now occupies what was once Beaverton's first and only bank.
"I think one important part, almost accidentally with Loyal Legion, is that we went into a very iconic building in Portland and that kind of turned into part of our brand," said Loyal Legion managing partner Kurt Huffman, "And when (the Beaverton location) came up, it felt also like an iconic building. It just has really interesting architecture. It happens to be in a neighborhood that's really exploding."
Huffman says that aside from tearing down a wall that subdivided office space, they tried to maintain most of the historic elements of the building.
"Everything else is exactly the footprint it was when we moved in, and we just tried to really kind of emphasize architectural elements of the space," he said.
A circular bar lined with iridescent olive tile greets patrons as they make their way into the main part of the 150-seat taphouse. Wooden beams and arched windows line the ceilings and walls, giving the space an almost Renaissance effect.
The building's former bank vault remains intact and will be repurposed to serve as a private dining space, Huffman said.
Upstairs, Huffman plans to open a cocktail bar, but that won't be ready until at least January. Once open, the cocktail bar will have a separate entrance, giving it a sort of "speakeasy vibe," he said.
"We haven't really figured out what we're going to call it, but I think we'll see how people respond to us here," Huffman said, noting that he is still getting to know his suburban clientele. "And then we can kind of make a smarter decision about what this community wants."
The new Loyal Legion location, which will have its grand opening at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, is meant to be family-friendly, with an outdoor patio area and standard pub fare along with 99 local beers on tap, as well as a variety of whiskeys and bourbons.
The beer bar was originally supposed to open up in 2020, but as for just about every other business in the nation, COVID-19 forced a change of plans.
"For about 10 months, we were in a panic, like our whole industry, and then finally, in January or March of this year, we figured out how to put the resources together to do it," Huffman said.
Even with most businesses open again, Huffman said there is still a lot of anxiety of what will happen next. But he's staying optimistic.
"It feels like the whole area is turning into something pretty cool," Huffman said, referring to a slew of new businesses that have recently popped up in Old Town Beaverton, including Sizzle Pie, Big's Chicken and Lionheart Coffee Co.
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