Alright ale enthusiasts, pull up a bar stool and hold onto your beer caps! If you've been following our earlier coverage on the NEBCO-West Haven frothy fracas, you know the saga was left fermenting on a cliffhanger. We previously dove into the nitty-gritty of NEBCO’s initial plans and their sudden evaporation in our article Why New England Brewing Co. Backed Out of the 'Lifetime Move' to West Haven: The Inside Scoop on Lawsuits, Lost Money, and Last-Minute Brewery Drama. Now, as if someone waved a magic brewer's wand, there's a potential $900,000 state funding potion that might just re-carbonate the dream. Refill your mugs, because this ale tale is getting a sequel!
Flashback: NEBCO was all set to turn the old, creaky parts of the boardwalk into a sudsy paradise. They had visions of a whopping 52,000 sq ft beer wonderland, complete with a tap room, a barrel room, and an event space. And let's not forget the deck for contemplating life's brew-tiful moments with a view of Long Island Sound. But here's the twist in the tale. This wasn't just about creating another drinking hole. NEBCO wanted to steep their brews with a dash of nostalgia. They aimed to showcase relics from the legendary Savin Rock Amusement Park, once hailed as "Connecticut’s Coney Island." Sip on a cold brewski and dive deep into memories of the park's golden days before its curtains fell in 1966. After a series of 'ale-ments' put this dreamy project on the back burner, guess what? There's a new buzz in town. Thanks to a possible $900,000 shot (or should we say pint?) of state funding, NEBCO's vision might just bubble back to life. The question on everyone's lips (preferably with a beer mustache): Will West Haven become the next hop-stop? As we foam up with excitement, keep those mugs chilled and eyes peeled for the next update in this ever-bubbling saga. Bottoms up!
The Fizz of State Funding
As we previously covered, NEBCO’s initial plans for relocation seemed to have evaporated. However, whispers of a potential $900,000 in state funding might be rejuvenating the project.
Governor’s Hushed Footprints
Discreet visits by Gov. Ned Lamont have been suggested by our inside sources. Adam Joseph, an insider close to the Governor, was overheard mentioning the potential benefits of reviving the conference center for West Haven.
Mayor Rossi: The Silent Strategist This Time...
Our earlier investigations hinted at Mayor Nancy Rossi's behind-the-scenes maneuvers. Fresh insights reveal Rossi's continued optimism and strategic intentions.
City Council's Winds of Change
The shifting dynamics at the City Council meetings concerning NEBCO's relocation plans are palpable. Insiders sense a renewed optimism, a significant deviation from the skepticism we reported earlier.
Bonds, Brews, and More
The State Bond Commission's broader vision is also making headlines. A tantalizing $740,000 grant for the West Haven Senior Center is on the cards.
NEBCO: Brewing Amidst the Whirlwind
After their earlier declaration of a "lifetime move" to West Haven, insiders suggest NEBCO's top brass is engrossed in strategy sessions.
Why did NEBCO initially decide to relocate to West Haven?
- NEBCO saw potential in West Haven's Savin Rock Conference Center for its expansion plans.
What halted NEBCO's move to West Haven in the previous attempt?
- Legal challenges, community responses, and logistical hurdles played a role in the pause.
How significant is the State's role in the potential revival of this project?
- The state, through the Bond Commission, is mulling a $900,000 grant which could be pivotal for the project's revival.
Is the West Haven Senior Center connected to NEBCO's plans?
- While both entities could benefit from the State Bond Commission's grants, their projects are distinct.
Has NEBCO officially announced a comeback to West Haven?
- As of now, insider talks suggest a revival, but an official statement from NEBCO is awaited.