KENNETT SQUARE—By the end of the month, there will be another place for people to drink craft beer, wine and spirits in Kennett Square.
The Market Pub at the Market at Liberty Place on West State Street will open Sept. 22, offering 18 selections of craft beer.
The state’s Liquor Control Board granted approval Tuesday, Sept. 10, after the Market’s owner, Larry Bosley, purchased a liquor license from an establishment in Tredyffrin-Easttown and had it transferred to Kennett Square.
“This will be a family place as it has always been” Bosley said. “Our target is people who have families and are looking to have adult beverages. We are anticipating it will bring in a lot of traffic.”
Six-packs to go will also be sold at the Market Pub.
The bar will be located at the site currently occupied by Paradocyx Vineyards, which will close at the end of the business day Sept. 22. Bosley said Paradocyx wines will be sold at the Market Pub, and the relationship with Paradocyx will continue.
The Market Pub will be run by James Miller, who owns State Street Pizza and Grill, one of the vendors at the Market. Additional TVs will be installed, new chrome bar stools will be added, and specials will be offered at Eagles’ games. Customers can sit at any location at the Market at Liberty Place, and drinks will be brought out to them.
It will close at 11 p.m. on weekends, and Bosley said shots will not be sold.
“We’ve done a lot of work in anticipation of getting this open,” Bosley said.
The Market Pub joins a long list of establishments selling alcohol in Kennett Square. Craft breweries include Victory Brewing, Braeloch, The Creamery and Kennett Brewing Company.
About five years ago, Kennett Square officials handcrafted an ordinance permitting craft brewpubs. At a council meeting several years ago, Mayor Matt Fetick said he welcomes brewpubs, as the borough has become known as a destination spot.
“Quite honestly, I don’t care if we become known as a small town brewery and as a destination for people to come and drink beer,” Fetick said. “As long as it is done responsibly, I am in support of it.”
Kennett Square has a full roster of pro-beer celebrations: Brewfest, where tickets sell for up to $75, Winterfest, the Mushroom Festival, a Victory Brewing Co. Street Party, Cinco de Mayo and even the Kennett Run, where brew flows freely for anyone over age 21 after the race. Beer stations are set up for the annual Music in the Park.