The Rhombus Guys are fine-tuning their plan to transform downtown Grand Forks’ Metropolitan Opera House into a brewpub.

Co-owner Arron Hendricks said they have a brewing license application pending, and a historic impact review for the 1889 building at 116 S. Third St. has passed a state review.

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But architectural design and other details are still being refined.

“We’re still trying to hammer out those details,” Hendricks said. “The design process is taking longer than anticipated.”

He and partner Matt Winjum have been going through brewmaster candidates, but have not hired anyone yet.

Hendricks does not expect any work to start on the building for several more months, but once the building details are worked out and licenses are approved, their ambitions for Grand Forks beer should be a go, he said.

“At this point, we’re assuming we’re going to have fairly clear sailing ahead of us.”