PreFunk Adds Nampa Location

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PreFunk Beer Bar partner Ryan Driscoll conducts quality control tasting at PreFunk's downtown Nampa location. - ADAM ESCHBACH/IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE
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  • PreFunk Beer Bar partner Ryan Driscoll conducts quality control tasting at PreFunk's downtown Nampa location.

Boise-based taproom PreFunk Beer Bar has opened a second location in its owner's hometown of Nampa, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports.

The downtown Nampa location opened Sept. 22 at 1214 First St. S., and features 30 taps, as well as a "penny floor"—50,000 pennies cover the floor of the establishment, with an Idaho mosaic made from nickels in the center and an Idaho quarter in the center.

"I had a dream one night that we did it all pennies, so we came in and did that," said owner and Nampa native Justin Flynn.

A third location in Meridian is also planned, with no opening date yet scheduled. 

The Nampa location initially ran afoul of a municipal ordinance prohibiting drinking establishments within 300 feet of a place of worship. In PreFunk's case, that place of worship is the Tabernacle of Faith church. 

"We did a little bit of construction before we found out that we'd need to get a conditional use permit. We put a lot of time and money into the building, and then we had to wait. It was a stressful month," Flynn said.

Flynn said that the snafu led to misconceptions in the community. Nevertheless, the Nampa City Council unanimously voted to grant the permit at an August meeting, 

"The City Council gave us an exception to the rule. Everybody thought it was the church not letting us in, so I wanted to clarify that. They're not the ones; it's just that law," he said.