Hometown Brew and Ribs
When the Clocktower location--next door to the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory--became available, Martinson knew it had all the right components. "We want it to be a warm, inviting place, and at the same time we're a manufacturer, so we need the space for that," he says. "Here, we have the room to expand." He hopes to move into canning and bottling in the future. With a 150-person capacity, he says, "a group of twenty can just show up and grab a few tables." Once the warm weather hits, he'll offer outdoor seating with picnic tables and may move some of the live music outside.
Food is served pub style: you order it at the bar. The food choices match the casual atmosphere and include Dexter Bakery soft pretzels with dipping cheese, chips and salsa, and a hummus plate, as well as sandwiches and salads. Martinson says people have been bringing in cards and games to play, but for those who arrive empty-handed, there's a cart of games to borrow and crayons for the kids. (For the kids, Martinson also offers juice boxes and Sprecher root beer on tap.) In the next month or two, he hopes to open earlier on weekends for lunch and to offer "growlers" to non-members (half-gallon jugs of beer to go). And he wants to collaborate with more community groups, including hosting the library's book club.
Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, 433-5500. Wed.& Thurs 3-10 p.m., Fri. 3-11 p.m., Sat. 2-11 p.m., Sun. 2-8 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues.