Dreaming Dog Brewery says goodbye

In emotional posts on Facebook and Instagram, the owners of Elk Grove's Dreaming Dog said goodbye today. 

The popular gathering spot on the city's westside displayed pictures on both platforms noting the brewing equipment had been moved out of the facility. The popular brewery is located in the Stonelake Landing shopping center on Elk Grove Boulevard and Taron Drive near Interstate 5. 

Even though the brewery was a well-regarded watering hole and live entertainment venue, the closure of the business was the result of their landlord, California Northstate University. The for-profit medical school had proposed demolishing the shopping center to build a controversial hospital.

The proposed $1 billion hospital was denied approval a year ago by the Elk Grove Planning Commission and CNU has taken its plans to Sacramento. Before moving to Sacramento, the ensuing controversy following the project's December 2018 unveiling damaged retail tenants at the shopping center with many of the tenants closing, moving, or suing CNU. 

Brewery owners David and Elizabeth Brown appeared several times before the Elk Grove City Council voicing concerns about CNU's plan and its effect on theirs and other businesses owners. The city council took no meaningful action to defend the small business owners.   

Ultimately the decision to close came in recent weeks. In the numerous user comments offering fond goodbyes, one asked the Browns if they would be relocating the operation.

As noted on Instagram, they responded, "no...it's all sold."

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