The Factory Bar received unanimous approval from the Richmond Planning Commission earlier this month to launch at 12513 San Pablo Ave., near Clinton Ave.
The Richmond-themed bar will feature an outdoor patio and aims to serve signature cocktails named after Richmond legends along with Richmond-based beers, wine, art and entertainment.
The plans include significant physical improvements to the building, including to the facade and interior. Currently, the property is used as offices, a religious gathering space and for storage.
The Factory Bar received widespread community support following outreach meetings, although some neighbors expressed concerns over parking and late-night noise.
One condition of the Planning Commission’s permit approval requires the Factory Bar to close its outdoor patio at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
According to city documents, the business will feature a modern bar with new restrooms and bar areas, changes to existing roll-up doors that will invite more light into the space, and a new outdoor patio to include furniture, fire pits, landscaping and a noise-deflecting separating wall. Owners are in talks with the nearby Pup Hut on the possibility of additional evening parking. Bicycle parking is also planned for the site.
The Factory Bar aims to celebrate Richmond’s history, community and local businesses, said owner and architect Marcus Hibser, who called the new venture a “passion project.”
“We’ve been really excited to provide a community place in the City of Richmond where people can come, have a comfortable area to meet with their friends, have a birthday party,” Hibser said. “It’s something we noticed is missing in the area.”