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Dewey Beach Considers New Brew Pub

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - There is a growing debate in Dewey Beach over a potential brew pub in the downtown area. The Dewey Beer Company made a proposal to build a brewery on the former Bubba's Grille property, but had that one rejected by the town. On Saturday, the company returned, applying to be a brew pub, a restaurant that also brews beer. 

The new restaurant plan provides for 100 dining seats, and ten for the bar area. They would also brew about 1/6th of the amount of beer that they originally planned for, according to Mayor Diane Hanson. The potential establishment has created debate across town, as some are resisting against another alcohol-centric business. At the Saturday meeting though, the owners vowed to maintain the family-friendly atmosphere of the coastal town. 

Hanson said she was happy with many of the changes made with the renewed application. However, she said they will wait for the Planning Commission's report before making a decision. She said many are trying to move the town away from a "party-town." 

"There's a lot of resistance to having another bar in town," she said. "We have about 20 bars in town in 20-block area." 

But the owners ensured the commissioners that they will not create a bar. The owners reiterated many times that the business is a "restaurant," and that they will not tolerate binge drinking. Hanson said this distinction was crucial for their decision. 

"People are really fed up with the image of Dewey being a party-town," she said. "We don't want that to be anymore. It's not that we don't want people to have fun when they come. But we want them to just behave." 

Morgan Vogt was walking past the shutdown location of Bubba's Grille, and said the new Brew-Pub would be a great thing for business in town.

"Business is business," she said. "I mean - they've been complaining about noise for years now... They're trying to make Dewey into Bethany. And it's never -- I don't think it's ever going to be that way." 

Others like Michael Figun have mixed opinions. He said he wanted to help businesses, but added that the town should balance that with other factors. He said the bars around town have created substantial problems in regards to noise, parking, and crime. He said he would be in support of the new Brew-Pub so long as it maintained the family-friendly environment proposed by the commission. 

"Seems to be that there is a debate between turning it into a retirement community or a party town," he said. "I think there could be a happy medium." 

The planning commission will hear the case, before offering their final opinion to the town commissioners. 

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