Dagsboro approves amendment to allow brew-pub

The Dagsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, March 18, was a brief, yet productive, gathering of the council members as they reviewed and unanimously approved the proposed ordinance amendment to allow for a brew-pub to be constructed in the Savannah Square Shopping Center off of Route 113.

Zach Brown of Brown Brothers Brewing, an Ocean View resident, was on hand with his brother Ronnie to refresh council members on their proposed business venture and answered a couple questions to confirm their plans.

“We are applying to have the first brewery in Dagsboro,” Zach Brown said. “It will be located in Savannah Square, in the shopping center. We feel this would be a great addition to the businesses in the town of Dagsboro, because we will offer a nice ambiance and a good setting for people that enjoy craft beer to visit and socialize and things like that.

“It will be approximately 1,700 square feet, with seating inside, with high-top tables and four seats per table. About 80 people will be able to fit inside the brewery at once. There will be a good selection of six to eight beers on tap — four or five that will be the same, and then a couple that will be changing on a regular basis.”

Town Planner Kyle Gulbronson also reviewed the proposed ordinance amendment for the council.

“The ordinance before you — what it actually does is just creates a definition for wine bar and brew pub, and makes it a permitted use in the highway commercial district,” explained Gulbronson, “so anyone that would apply after this point should be successful.”

The business owners are envisioning being able to open in October 2019, which will be after the busy season. They would like to be able to focus on the local residents, to get their feel on how they like the craft selections and the different recipes. They will also have food trucks on site in the parking lot on Thursdays and through the weekends, they said.

There was no public comment for or against the proposed ordinance change, and council then voted to pass the amendment, with Councilman William Chandler absent.

Also at the March 18 meeting:

• Town Administrator Cindi Brought’s contract was unanimously approved for renewal for another year.

• Council members reviewed three quotes from businesses wishing to handle the Town’s grass-cutting needs. The winning bid was from Gray’s Creative Touch of Dagsboro, which was proposed at $12,850 for the season.


By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter