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Lompoc Hedge House is Closing

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Lompoc Hedge House © The New School

Lompoc Brewing is closing its longtime Hedge House Pub on SE Division Street in Portland. This is another in a recent streak of recent closures including the Widmer Brewpub, The Commons, and Amnesia Brewing. For those who don’t know, Hedge House was perhaps Lompoc’s best property, a pub in a 1912 craftsman-style bungalow house complete with grassy front yard and front porch for drinking on nice days. Sadly, it seems to be a victim of increased competition, rising rents, and bad weather combined with the lease being up for renewal.

Lompoc Hedge House at 3412 SE Division St.has declared its final day as Tuesday, Nov. 28. Owner Jerry Fechter gave the following statement:

“We’d like to thank our staff, customers, friends, family, and vendors for your support over the last 14 years. We are so proud of our team, some of whom have worked here for nearly a dozen years, and it is truly heartbreaking to close.

Hedge House was Lompoc’s first satellite pub; Don Younger and I opened it in December 2003 with a goal of being the neighborhood watering hole that served local food and handcrafted beer. It became beloved for its patio, dog friendly atmosphere, and Steelers games.
Division Street was way less developed back then, and over the last 14 years, significantly more restaurants, pubs and beer bars have opened up. The competition is greater and frankly, business is slow; we’ve seen decreasing sales for the last two years. Our lease is up in the spring, and we decided to shut down now and focus on the brewery and the remaining pubs.
Please join me and our team now through Tuesday, Nov. 28 for a week of celebratory send off. We will tap our holiday beer lineup at Hedge House on Monday, Nov. 27.
Thank you for all the support offered to Hedge House and thank you for all of the continued support of the remaining Lompoc pubs: Fifth Quadrant, Sidebar, Oaks Bottom and Lompoc Tavern. We hope you’ll stop by, raise a last pint with us and send Hedge House off in style!
Love,
Jerry and the Hedge House Crew”
Lompoc Brewing creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its remaining Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBeer.
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3 Comments

  1. Marsha Hanchrow

    November 20, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Hedge House has been my local for at least 10 years. All I had to do was wave my tin of anchovies at the server, and they knew I wanted a small Caesar. Not that tonight? Then it must be BBQ pork and cole slaw, no bun.

    I’m being punished – moved most of my beer drinking to The Commons, and they’re now shuttered. Can’t go back to where I started after Hedge House closes.

  2. Johan Sabash

    November 20, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Shoot.

  3. Steve

    November 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I really liked that place too. But I can understand. Division is a mad house. To sort of quote Yogi Berra, it’s so crowded that nobody goes there any more.

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