Entrepreneur Ralph Verdugo once ran downtown L.A.'s Club 740, but he left that world after having a revelation. Or maybe just a few pints.
"With the economy, people don't like going to clubs so much," Verdugo said.
The 41-year-old has embraced his inner beer geek and just opened Los Angeles Brewing Co. ( www.labrewingco.com) in the Chapman Building between 7th and 8th streets on Broadway. The place boasts 100 taps, a gated patio for dogs, and a menu with all but one item under $20.
"People ask if we're a high-end restaurant, a sports bar or a gastro-pub. Why can't I be all three?" asked Verdugo.
His tap list mixes craft options with well-known brands, but it will trend more toward specialty soon. Firestone Walker will be showcased next week, and Verdugo plans to host home brewer meetings.