For the second year in a row, Vitamin Sea Brewing LLC will operate a family-friendly craft beer garden on a portion of the Hull Redevelopment Authority property near the Nantasket Beach Resort from July 2 through July 31, weather permitting, offering another venue for summertime fun.
The Select Board this week granted owner/manager Richard DiBona’s request for a temporary license to serve alcohol during these popular events. The beer garden will also offer snacks, and patrons are encouraged to bring in or have food delivered from local restaurants.
However, board member John Reilly abstained from voting for “philosophical” reasons, noting that a new restaurant will soon open at the nearby hotel and that many local eateries are still struggling to make up for losses in revenue due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, Reilly wished DiBona well.
Select Board Chair Jennifer Constable, while understanding Reilly’s point, said she has heard from some local businesses that the beer garden attracted people to their restaurants.
“I see this as a win-win,” she said.
DiBona gave assurances that the intention is “to drive business into Hull, including the restaurants.”
Dino Funari, a 20-year Hull resident, started Vitamin Sea a few years ago but had to locate his operation in Weymouth because he could not find a suitable location in town at that time.
During the hearing, DiBona said the intention remains “to make a permanent location in Hull for us.”