The plan to open a mini-Cisco brewery at the former Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant on Broad Street will gets its first airing before the Nantucket Planning Board tonight.
An investment group led by Henry Helgeson that includes Cisco Brewers CEO Jay Harman purchased The Brotherhood back in June for $7.9 million.
The new concept, announced earlier this month, would have Cisco operating the outdoor patio space as a “nano-brewery”, while interior restaurant areas would remain largely intact, with some minor modifications.
A request to modify the Brotherhood’s existing special permit was filed with the Planning Board last week and revealed new details of the plan to reopen the popular restaurant and bar. The new ownership group hopes to expand the capacity of the patio area from 60 to 195 occupants, while adding a retractable awning, an outdoor bar area, and a stage for live acoustic music (no more than three pieces).
The lower-level restaurant would operate as its own entity, while its kitchen would be converted into a micro-distillery, brewery and winery. The first-floor bar and restaurant would be a separate establishment, although it would share its kitchen with the lower-level restaurant. Both the bar and restaurant on the first floor would remain relatively intact, other than minor decor modifications and the addition of a new bar area and a spot for live indoor performances.
The Planning Board received at least 10 letters from individuals opposed to the plans submitted by the new owners of the Brotherhood, with most objecting to the plans to expand the capacity of the outdoor patio and the addition of live music. The letters were submitted by abutters of the restaurant, many from Ash Street residents, who own homes behind the Brotherhood property.