BELFAST- After months of being closed, a staple waterfront brewery is coming back.
After being put up for sale in early 2019, Daniel Waldron and Kathleen Dunckel purchased the Marshall Wharf Brewing Company and Three Tides Bar in late January.
According to Belfast economic officials, the rebirth and eventual reopening of the brewery-bar combination is great for the city.
“Keeping the local ownership, having it change hands to two people who are really very active in our community, I think just gives us a lot of continuity and it just assures us that it’s going to still be a great place for our citizens and our visitors,” Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Ryan said.
Thomas Kittredge, Belfast’s Economic Development Director, also said small businesses like Three Tides Bar and Marshall Wharf Brewing Company are the backbones of Maine and the business’ absence affected the city’s economy.
“And that’s really the fabric, that’s how you build an economy with these various small businesses. It was not unimportant or unnoticed that they went out of business, a lot of people were upset that they went out of business,” Kittredge said.
Ryan said the fact that the new owners have plans to reopen the facilities is significant to increasing tourism in Belfast.
“It’s very important that such a resource and a great little gem we have, a small local brewpub and associated restaurant and even just a whole waterfront recreational facility is part of our community and is still a great place that people can go and enjoy,” Ryan said.
The new owners could not be reached for comment.