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Chesterton Town Council endorses alcohol permit for gastro-style pub

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The Chesterton Town Council is endorsing the application for an alcohol permit under the Riverfront District designation, for a new gastro-style pub and eatery under development in the 100 block of South Third Street.

The pub--dubbed (219) Taproom--is the venture of local businessmen Joe Juarez and Bill McCarel, who told the council at its meeting Monday night that their goal is to “introduce a new generation to the charms of a neighborhood gathering spot.”

(219) Taproom would be located in the building located immediately behind and adjoining Ashley’s Jewelry by Design, 221 Broadway, owned by Craig O’Brien, and would specialize in craft beers produced by self-distributing breweries, a limited selection of craft spirits and ciders from small-batch distillers and vintners, and a menu celebrating local artisan foods.

(219) Taproom would be family-friendly, Jaurez told the council, with individual and communal table seating as well as anticipated in-season patio seating, and offer--among other things--WiFi, regular live music, and board games. Jaurez and McCarel also expect to schedule special tasting events, to hold music trivia evenings, and to sponsor a disc golf team.

On the proposed menu: ham, pierogi, cornbread, and deviled-egg flights; stroganoff, beef brisket, pulled BBQ chicken, chili, and beer brats. One thing not on the menu: fried food of any kind.

Town Manager Bernie Doyle told the council that Jaurez and McCarel approached him about a year ago with the idea, and that after fine-tuning their proposal they have “more than met the criteria for a Riverfront designation.”

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, for his part expressed his enthusiasm for the project. “We’ve got a couple of local guys who want to invest in this town,” he said.

Members voted unanimously to endorse Juarez and McCarel’s application for the designation, under which, in a duly established Riverfront District, a dining establishment may obtain an alcohol permit exempt from the usual quotas.

Other recipients of the Riverfront District designation: the Octave Grill, Ivy’s Bohemia House, and Villa Nova Pizzeria & Bistro.


Posted 6/13/2018




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