Downtown Derry eatery gets patio approval

Tim Jean/File photoThe Halligan Tavern on West Broadway in Derry plans to open an outdoor patio seating area.

DERRY — The owners of Halligan Tavern, at 32 West Broadway, will soon offer patio seating for its customers.

Last week, the Planning Board gave approval to a plan to bring 400 square feet of outdoor patio space to the downtown eatery.

The patio will be located on what is now a grassy area at the side of the building at the corner of West Broadway and Central Street.

Seating will accommodate about 25 people and will also include retaining wall and wrought iron safety railing

The tavern came before the board several years ago hoping to put a rooftop seating area at the restaurant.

That plan faced some legal issues and a lot of push back from neighbors and abutters, including Wilton-based Property Portfolio Group that operates nearby apartment buildings.

This outdoor plan is much smaller in scale, plan representatives said.

Any live music provided in the outdoor space would be minimal as space is tight.

"Other establishments downtown have entertainment, usually stopping at 10 p.m.," board member David Granese said.

Board member Jim MacEachern added that with only a 400-square-foot patio, there may not be room for larger bands.

The Halligan Tavern was once a downtown firehouse, used by Derry firefighters until 2005. The station was sold and renovated as the Firehall Pub and Grille. The property was sold at foreclosure auction in the summer of 2009 and reopened as Halligan's Tavern in January 2010.

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