Lamplighter plans Cambridge Crossing brewery focusing on barrel-aged beers, drops distillery
A taproom and production space called Lamplighter CX will open within months at Cambridge Crossing, according to an announcement Friday from Lamplighter Brewing and DivcoWest, developer of the 43-acre neighborhood at the intersection of Cambridge, Somerville and Boston.
Lamplighter CX will take up 7,000 square feet in The Shed, a two-story stand-alone retail building in the center of Cambridge Crossing. It also holds the restaurant trio of The Lexington, Geppetto and Café Beatrice from local restaurateur Will Gilson.
It was proposed as a brewing space and micro-distillery with its Luminati Spirits concept in December 2019, but the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic has changed that. Lamplighter’s second location will now focus just on increased taproom space and a production facility to age, blend and bottle the brewer’s products. The Lamplighter team “made the strategic decision to focus solely on brewing and serving,” according to the announcement.
The company was happy “to resume construction and pursue this opportunity after a year that has been filled with uncertainty,” Lamplighter cofounder Cayla Marvil said. “It’s no secret that Covid-19 has been extremely difficult for small businesses, and especially those in the hospitality industry. [But] in many ways, the pandemic has given us an opportunity to revisit and reassess our goals for the company.”
A distillery may yet be in the company’s future, Marvil said. Lamplighter opened in 2016. The Luminati Spirits concept seems to be defunct, with a website that’s gone blank and a social media presence that was wholly about opening at Cambridge Crossing.
DivcoWest considers Lamplighter CX the final component of The Shed, said Mark Roopenian, managing director at the development company.
Lamplighter CX resumes construction in June, the company said.