NAMPA — About a year ago, PreFunk opened as a growler fill station for craft beer enthusiasts in Boise. It has since evolved into what co-owner Justin Flynn described as a beer bar with a coffee house atmosphere.
The bar on Front Street downtown is hard to miss. Strings of lights hang over the outside seating area. There’s a classic, black low-rider truck parked out front next to a sign advertising free beer, topless bartenders — and false advertising.
The owners plan to bring the low-key vibe of PreFunk — and 30 rotating craft beers on tap — to downtown Nampa. The bar is getting ready to open on First Street South, just a couple doors down from Messenger Pizza.
Justin Flynn and his brother Jordan Flynn, who is also a co-owner in the bar, are Nampa natives. Justin said the craft beer scene has exploded in Idaho in the last four years, and he wanted to bring that to Nampa.
“We want to keep people in Canyon County and spending money in Canyon County,” he said.
The new bar will have the same look as the Boise bar, he said, but the bar area will be longer and will have more seating. There will be five more beers on tap than the Boise bar has. It will also have outdoor seating.
Justin said they plan to hold brewery nights and mini events and work with other local businesses.
Since PreFunk opened in Boise in August 2013, it has become a popular downtown destination, which has enabled them to open a second location.
“The great thing about the Treasure Valley is the huge support it gives to other locals,” he said.
The Nampa City Council still needs to give final approval for PreFunk to open. Idaho law prohibits bars from going in within 300 feet of a church, and there is a church, the Tabernacle of Faith, within 300 feet of PreFunk’s proposed location. The law does allow the City Council to grant an exception.
At its May 19 meeting, the Council voted to table the decision.
The Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the bar earlier this month. Commissioner Aaron Randell said at the July 8 meeting that he thinks the business will be a good one for downtown Nampa.
Justin said if they can get their approval from the city, he hopes to open the new bar in late August or early September. The item has been added to the agenda for the City Council’s Aug 4. meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 Third St. S. City Council meetings are open to the public.