BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse will vacate Pearl Street for 29th Street

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Last year, the block between 11th and 12th Streets on Boulder's Pearl Street saw one longtime resident exit and change, when the twenty-year-old Bookend Cafe shut down to make way for Riffs. And this year, another longtime resident of the block will pack up and move out.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse has kept a two-story outpost on that particular section of the mall since 1997, a unique, historic address for the California-based chain, which has recently expanded mostly through uniformly designed places in malls. But come this summer, BJ's will give up its digs and relocate.

Kate Honea Taggart, senior marketing manager for Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street development, says the restaurant chain is planting a location near 28th and Canyon, and construction has already begun.

Mike, a manager at the Boulder BJ's, won't say much, but he does confirm that once that new Twenty Ninth Street address is up and running, BJ's will close its space on Pearl Street and move operations there.

That means that BJ's is leaving behind a prime piece of real estate on the west end of Pearl Street -- and that address is already outfitted with a brewery, a hot selling point in a town where the craft brewing scene continues to evolve. There's no word yet on what might take over the space.

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