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Container tavern planned in south Fayetteville

Jun 03, 2023Jun 03, 2023

A new bar serving coffee, soda, and beers from an old shipping container is in the works in south Fayetteville.

The tavern, as the owners are calling it, is a joint venture by the owners of Bottlerocket Subs and Margaret's food trucks who have been setting up at the old spring shop building at 704 S. Washington St.

The partners on Monday were given approval by the Planning Commission for a conditional use permit that allows for the tavern and off-site parking.

The tavern would operate out of a shipping container that is located on a nearby property that wasn't being used. The container will be moved to the site, and will be set up near the center of the lot and outfitted to be able to serve beverages.

The idea, Bottlerocket Subs co-owner Pete Mckitrick told us, is to be able to provide beverages for customers of the food truck as well as for the special events and community gatherings that happen at the lot.

"The plan for that lot is to create a communal space, develop it, landscape it, outfit it, and let people hang out," Mckitrick said. "We want something permanent enough to help with the rain, but we don't want to block the mural."

Mckitrick said they haven't settled on a name for the tavern yet. There's still permitting and construction to work through as well, he said.

The hours approved for the conditional use permit for the business are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

If all goes well, the new tavern will be open in late summer or early fall, Mckitrick said.

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