Remaining hopeful for Stone Jug
Mayor, deputy mayor optimistic restaurant will open in 2015
Carbonear Deputy Mayor Frank Butt described walking through the Stone Jug on Water Street as a trip back in time.
He commented on the antique chandeliers, copper ceilings, wooden staircases and of course the stone walls that take you back to a time before modern luxuries.
“It’s like something you’d see in Europe,” Butt said.
An article in The Compass last week described how the property’s owner, American businessman Bruce Branan, hopes to overcome issues that have so far prevented the restaurant from opening. He has invested a substantial amount of money in recent years to fix up the historic building, which was built in the 1860s.
“I’ve been talking to Bruce for a number of years now and this is the summer he would like to be open,” the deputy mayor said. “I think that’s still attainable. I believe he knows where he has to go. And I believe he’s willing to go that route.”
Although Butt Jr. has some doubts about the building being ready this summer, he still believes it will open before the end of 2015.
“It’d be great to open this summer,” he said. “But it takes time to go through (government).”
Some paperwork-related issues have been primarily the reason for the delay. Start of bigger things The news comes on the coattails of a sale of a dilapidated building that shares a wall with the Stone Jug. The new owner of the former Easy Save building on Water Street, local businessman George Rowe, knows Branan and told The Compass he would be willing to work with the Stone Jug owner to make the property available for use as an adjacent parking lot.
With the addition of a new restaurant to the downtown core of Carbonear, both the mayor and deputy mayor feel it’s a step in the right direction for the whole town.
Butt has chatted with business people who can’t wait to see the building open, hoping it will attract visitors from places like St. John’s looking for a change of scenery for business meetings. This is just the beginning, he said.
“The town certainly is revitalizing downtown,” Butt explained. “Having that building gone (Easy Save), having an investor come in and turning the (Stone Jug) into what he has. It’s the right way to go, and it’s certainly the way the town would want it to go.”
Butt Jr. said this, along with the announcement that a new breakwater is on the way for the harbour, will help with tourism, new developments and business activity in the town and especially the downtown area.
“It’s going to bring more people to Water Street,” Butt Jr. said. “It’s a win-win for us and him.”
The future of the Stone Jug in Carbonear remains somewhat uncertain, but the town’s mayor and deputy mayor both remain hopeful it will open as a restaurant in 2015.