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Geaghan’s Pub seeks more parking space as brew house popularity explodes

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Andy Geaghan checks the temperature of a mash during cooking at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co. in Geaghan's Pub in Bangor on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A brew house that debuted recently at Geaghan’s Pub on Main Street reportedly has been well received by the community — well enough to warrant the addition of 25 parking spaces.

And the demand for parking is projected to grow even more as the result of development projects under way next door and across the street.

Larry Geaghan and Peter Geaghan, who along with other family members opened Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co., have been meeting with city officials recently to hammer out a deal for the purchase of abutting city land for the parking lot expansion.

“We’ve only been there for about a month but we’ve had tremendous success,” Larry Geaghan said Wednesday night. “We’re very pleased with the response to that part of the business.”

As it stands, the existing parking area barely can accommodate the Friday and Saturday night crowds, some of whom stay and some of whom drop by to pick up a pound or two of wings and a couple of growlers to take home, he said.

The demand for parking likely will increase in the near future, Geaghan said.

“With the addition of [ table gaming at Hollywood Casino Bangor], we think we’re going to see added business there,” he said. “And we also obviously feel that with the arena coming in, there’s no question we’re sitting right in the spot.”

The result of those negotiations was an option agreement that was reviewed — and given a tentative green light — Wednesday night by members of the City Council’s business and economic development committee, who forwarded it on to the full council for approval.

The agreement would allow the Geaghans to buy a roughly 8,900-square-foot parcel of the city’s Roundhouse development site at Bangor Waterfront for $12,540, the dollar value set by the city assessor, Rod McKay, director of community and economic development, told committee members. The option fee was set at $1,500.

As conditions, the Geaghans would have to get the parcel rezoned and obtain the necessary permits. The parking area’s retaining wall also must be consistent with the ones built by Hollywood Casino and Tim Horton.

Larry Geaghan said the family plans to start work on the lot this spring or summer.

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