Vegan Brewery Modern Times Is Closing Four Locations This Week
Due to recent struggles, Modern Times is closing its Portland, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles tasting rooms.
If you’re a food and drink enthusiast who lives on the West Coast, chances are you’ve been to Modern Times. With vegan beer on tap, plant-based bites, funky artwork, and a welcoming atmosphere, Modern Times has become a meeting place for beer lovers and herbivores alike. It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the vegan brewery Modern Times is closing four locations this week due to financial strain from the pandemic.
Modern Times Locations in Portland, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles to Close This Week
The announcement was made on Instagram and the Modern Times blog earlier this week. “Today is the most difficult day we’ve ever had at Modern Times. Over the last two unimaginably challenging pandemic years, we’ve done everything we could to keep all of our newly-opened locations afloat in a landscape we never could have imagined when we began building them,” shared the Modern Times team. They continued on to share that their new leadership team has decided it is paramount for the Modern Times locations in Portland, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles locations to close this week, saying it’s “not just unsustainable, but in immediate and unavoidable peril.”
Modern Times Breweries in Point Loma, North Park, Encinitas, and Anaheim to Remain Open
As a silver lining, there will still be Modern Times breweries in Point Loma, North Park, Encinitas, and Anaheim as of now. The team stated, “We will be turning our distribution and hospitality efforts back to Southern California and the Southwest as we do everything we can to step away from the opacity and unanchored optimism of the past and build a smaller, smarter, more focused, and more equitable company for the future.”
The hope is for Modern Times to come back stronger than ever and able to reclaim these locations and expand to other cities, but at the moment, there is a larger need—to preserve the Modern Times brand in the long run. So here’s where you come into play. If you are a Modern Times fan and you live in the area of a brewery, stop by this week to order a few drinks and dishes and enjoy one last hurrah before Modern Times must cut the number of its brick-and-mortar locations.
For more information, visit ModernTimesBeer.com.
Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.
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