TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Five years ago Shane Cook saw a void in downtown Twin Falls and executed a solution. Cook along with his partner Pierre Tusow are opening the doors to Koto Brewing.
"We knew that we could do this, we knew that twin falls needed it,” Cook said. “We needed a place for the community together."
15-months after purchasing the 1920's downtown building, tearing it down to the bare studs and starting over, Koto Brewery will open Friday, named after the original owners.
"It went from when is this ever going to happen to hurry up we're opening tomorrow," Cook said.
The sleek and stylish décor pays tribute to Twin Falls.
"This is Twin Falls in here,” Cook said. “The table tops are made out Twin Falls High School gym floor, the signs were all made by a local guy his name is Ed Goff. Everything in here is made by people in Twin Falls for the people here."
Koto isn't just a bar, it's a place for friends and families to gather.
"Someone actually asked me last night what kind of crowd I'm trying to attract here,” Cook said. “I want everyone to be here I want the community to be here. I want beer drinkers, wine drinkers, burger eaters, steak eaters, vegetarians, everyone is welcome, and it's a brew pub. This is where people should come share ideas and the community should grow here."
Even the beer brewed will give back, to the community and those in need.
"We're going to give back to the community as well. $10 from every barrel of beer we brew is going back to local charities,” Cook explained. “Half of that is going to the Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Committee (MaVTEC) the other half is going to be split out from other places like Valley House, we'll split that out quarterly. But yeah, we're going to give back."
Koto Brewing will be open seven days a week for business. Their schedule is as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: Brunch 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.