BookBar is expanding to add more event space

The four-year-old bookstore and bar will get an extra 1,400 square feet to dedicate to events and an art gallery.

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Book Bar in Berkeley, May 31, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Book Bar in Berkeley, May 31, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

BookBar — the Tennyson Street shop that combines your love of books with your love of wine — is expanding.

The four-year-old bookstore and bar will get an extra 1,400 square feet to dedicate to events and an art gallery, BookBar staffer Tommy Vantuer said.

The plan is in very early stages, but Vantuer says they’ll knock down the garage out back and are zoned to build up to three stories. Right now, it’s shaping up to be a two-story project, with the event space and gallery on the first floor and book store on the second.

“One of [owner Nicole Sullivan’s] big goals is to have art associated with books, whether it’s local authors or bigger authors,” Vantuer said.

“We have so many events all the time, and it’s frustrating to have to decide whether we can seat our regular customers or have an event with 65 people,” he added.