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Palm Coast Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 1 year ago

Family-owned tap room opens in Bunnell

Loping Gopher has 36 craft beers on tap, which are predominantly from local breweries
by: Ray Boone Contributing Writer

Jose Ferrer worked in the corporate restaurant industry for nearly 40 years. Most recently, he and his wife, Jean Ferrer, operated a food truck named Foodz in Tallahassee for the past five years.

It was a stressful, labor-intensive business.

“It seems like a fun, glorious business, and it is," Jose said, "for the first six months.”

However, working out of a food truck is where the Ferrers first uncovered their love of beer. They used to park their truck outside of events for Tallahassee's local breweries. They came up with the idea of opening their own tap room in Fall 2017. 

The couple moved to Flagler County in June 2018 and worked with the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center to open their new facility. The Loping Gopher Tap Room, located at 4601 E Moody Blvd. in Bunnell, was officially opened in December (a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in March).

They have 36 craft beers on tap, featuring beers predominantly from local breweries. They also offer wine and sangria.

“If you can’t find something you like here, you don’t like beer,” Jose said.

In addition, they plan to introduce food to the tap room in about a week. The facility won't become a full-fledged restaurant — it lacks the necessary equipment to do so — but the Ferrers said they plan to offer snack foods like tapas, tacos and more. Live music and trivia nights are also featured.

“We’re trying to create something people will enjoy," Jean said.




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