After tossing out hints at the end of 2018, it looks like a popular downtown Rochester watering hole may be gearing up to stake a claim for a second location.

While there’s no guarantee, it looks like a second Tap House could be brewing.

A Site Development Plan application was filed with the city/county planners on Monday for a project called ”Tap House West.”

This type of general permit is usually filed very early in the development process, often as a trial balloon to see if plans will work on a site.

So that means this might not be a done deal.

While no details are available, it looks like Christine Stahl and Natalie Victoria are hoping to build on the success of the original Tap House on Historic Third Street in the heart of the Med City’s downtown.

This filing fits with hints the duo posted on social media in recent months.

On Nov. 6, the sixth anniversary of the opening of The Tap House, they posted a photo of themselves holding a “Sold” sign with this caption:

”To mark this milestone… we did something… possibly a little crazy!!! But hey... what’s life without a little crazy????? Stay tuned!!!! #benikebuilt #herewegoagain!”

The development plan doesn’t show a specific address for the potential project, but it listed as generally being the Northwest Commercial Center area.

That’s the development at West Circle Drive Northwest and 19th Street Northwest, where Costco and Five West are located.

We’ll just have to watch to see if this project gains traction and moves forward.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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