Rock Row plans to host a beer garden seven days a week starting in May.
New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewery Co. will operate the beer garden for up to 200 people in the parking lot of the now-closed Maine Savings Pavilion. A 50-by-100-foot section of the gravel lot will be grassed, and Smuttynose will have a beer truck there, which will be joined by a food truck and an ice cream truck.
Westbrook’s planning board gave unanimous approval to the beer garden on Tuesday.
The temporary facility will be open from noon to 9 p.m. through October and will also include a small stage for acoustic and low-key musical performances and a self-contained bathroom.
“All live music would be played at 9 p.m.,” Smuttynose’s Andy Hart said on Zoom during the planning committee meeting.
According to city planner Jennie Francheschi, developers Dirigo Center Developers LLC said the beer garden would serve as a test for something more permanent, but the developers did not return comments by the American Journal’s deadline. .
The project received little comment from the planning committee, although committee member Robin Tannenbaum said the plans were “very exciting”.
The beer garden is separate from Rock Row developer Waterstone Properties’ plans for a brewhouse, according to spokesman Greg John.
“It’s a very cool concept and we’re excited to have it in Rock Row this summer,” John said.
The Maine Savings Pavilion Concert Hall was closed so construction of the nearby Rock Row Medical Campus could begin.
Although Rock Row developers wouldn’t say if the venue would return, they said, “Future plans include a conference center that can serve as a music venue.”