Brew Bank 'taps' into bar business downtown

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new addition to downtown Topeka 'taps' into a different approach to the bar business.

The Brew Bank held a ribbon-cutting Friday to celebrate its opening on S. Kansas Ave.

The Brew Bank features self-service taps with craft beers from around the state and a menu of shareable food items.

“It’s been a long journey but it really has told us that anybody who has a good idea can make that idea come to fruition,” Dusty Snethen, Brew Bank co-owner, said.

The owners won last year's 'Top Tank' competition, receiving $100,000 from local investors to pursue their concept, which also involved lobbying the legislature to change state laws to allow self-serve beer.

“We did this as kind of a selfish thing for us but to have so many people be as excited and blown away by it as we have been it’s been really a rewarding thing,” Ryan Cavanaugh, Brew Bank co-owner, said.

Ryan and Dusty said they intentionally tried to offer something different from other downtown businesses, including murals along the walls inspired by their love of the Wizard of Oz and other films.

Brew bank opens at 11 a.m., seven days a week.