Two buddies renovating Brighton building for high-end lounge

Two buddies renovating Brighton building for high-end lounge

Two buddies renovating Brighton building for high-end lounge

Close friends John Kallabat and Bill Opre are gearing up to open The Canopy Lounge, a new lounge-style bar and small plates eatery.

While the buildout was delayed about a year by shortages in labor and materials during the pandemic, they say the time has finally come. The pair has begun interior renovations at a vacant storefront in downtown Brighton. 

They started renovations last week in a former auto parts store located in the same building as Canopy Bottle and Gourmet Shoppe. Kallabat owns the entire building at 204 and 206 E. St. Paul St.. He has run the liquor store for about 40 years. 

When it opens, the lounge-style bar will serve high-end liquors and wines, as well as brands such as Bud Light, and small plates. 

Kallabat said the lounge will likely attract a mature crowd. 

“My vision is we want a place where you can get off work and say, ‘I’m going to stop by The Canopy Lounge and I’m bound to see someone I know there,'” he said.