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Wayward Owl Brewing Co. Will Close in the Historic Gem Theater

The final party will include real owls

Wayward Owl at the GEM Theater

Wayward Owl Brewing Co., the Central City brewery and taproom in the historic Gem cinema, will shutter this Tuesday, Ian McNulty reports. Founders Justin and Kristin Boswell hope to continue brewing Wayward Owl in someone else’s space, though no plans have been set.

The pair undertook a significant renovation before opening in the Gem theater, a segregation-era theater for African Americans from 1948 through 1961, where the Boswells served flagship beers like Family Tree kristallweizen as well as specialty beers like the Wer ist Das (Who Dat) fest beer for the last two years. The brewery also hosted weekly pop-ups and food trucks.

Wayward Owl will host a final party on Tuesday, October 9, with all beers for $3, plus $8 mix-and-match six-packs. Soul Project will perform live from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with BeetsNThyme serving food. The best part though is probably the live owls, which will visit the cinema from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Wayward Owl

3940 Thalia St, New Orleans, LA (504) 827-1646