Once a small take-out shop for bottled brews, the Beer Den is now expanding after seven years in Sandy to offer more beverages and seats at the bar.
The business will soon expand from its 38905 Proctor Blvd. location into the neighboring space that used to be Dita's Chocolates.
The process of moving into the former chocolatier's area has taken just over four months for Beer Den owners Breanne Morton and Dennis Dies, and they hope to be finished "in the near future."
"Part of the original motivation was the second bathroom," Morton says. "But we plan to use this space not just for additional space, but for parties and meetings."
She hopes the 450 square feet the expansion will add will allow the Beer Den to "diversify its line of business."
Acquiring the Dita's space wasn't ever the original plan for Morton and Dies — the business owners were longtime friends and collaborators.
"Moving into this space was never a preliminary plan," Morton notes. "We were tremendous friends with the owners. Our business jived with theirs."
Dita's killer combo of chocolate and wine catered to a similar clientele as the Beer Den's unique craft brews.
But the vicinity of the newly vacant space was hard to turn down when the brew crew was looking to grow.
"We always wanted to stay open-minded," Morton explains. "We always wanted to grow the business. ... When the new owner of Dita's had to make the hard decision to close her doors, we couldn't pass up this opportunity."
The second bathroom in the new space will be ADA compliant and, besides the addition of space, there will also be new offerings on the Den's beverage list, such as kombucha and wine to accompany its 48 beers on tap and collection of hard ciders.
In the better part of a decade that the Beer Den has served Sandy, Morton says the duo has been on the lookout for improving the experience for customers.
"I think being able to offer a more comfortable experience is important for our customers," she adds. "We've evolved as we've been able to. We always just put our own money back into it. With every opportunity, we want to take advantage of that so we can expand and explore new ways to offer a cool place for residents of the city of Sandy to come and hang out and feel comfortable. They can try something new every time they come in."
Morton hopes to celebrate the establishment's anniversary with a grand reopening of the entire space, to be attended by the close friends they've acquired since opening.
"There's people here we've become close friends with that are like family," she says. "We look to them for support and wisdom and they come to us for a nice cold beer. People will tell you this place is a lot like 'Cheers.' Everybody knows your name."
For updates on the expansion and hours of operation, visit www.facebook.com/thebeerdensandy.