A new brew pub may open at Hemlock Street and Sunset Boulevard in the not-too-distant future.
Hallmark Inns & Resorts recently sold the building that housed Dooger’s Seafood & Grill in midtown Cannon Beach for 23 years, and that has stood vacant since 2011, to Pelican Brewing Company.
Though an offer has been made and accepted, the brewing company has not officially closed on the deal and is still in the routine 30-day “due diligence” phase, where the company takes a closer look at the building and its environment to ensure there are “no surprises,” said Jim Prinzing, CEO of Pelican Brewing Company.
The plan is for Pelican to close on the property before July, said Kirby Blankenship, general manager of Hallmark Inns & Resorts. “It’s not really over till the fat lady sings,” he said.
The brewing company has not finalized its design for the building or what equipment will eventually go in there, but Prinzing said he expects the result will be similar to the company’s brewing facility, Pelican Pub & Brewery, in Pacific City.
“I think it’s a great move for the community to get a viable restaurant back in the location,” Blankenship said. “It’s one of the best locations in town, and the Pelican Brewing people have a longstanding reputation for good quality, so I’m excited to partner with them here in Cannon Beach.”
The name of the new business is also up in the air — it may be called a “brew pub,” maybe a “pub and brewery,” or combination thereof — but “it will be ‘Pelican’ something,” Prinzing said.
In addition, the brewing company has not yet set a timetable on renovating the building and getting its operations underway, he said.
Formed in 1996, Pelican Brewing Company — whose original name was Pacific Brewing Company — also owns businesses in Tillamook and Pacific City. Their parent company is Nestucca Ridge Development, based in Pacific City.
Courtland Carrier, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, said that Pelican Brewing Company has “a great reputation,” adding that he’s anxious to see what the Pelican “folks are all about.”
“We are really excited about Cannon Beach, and we love the community, and we’re super excited to be a great partner for all the other businesses and residents and (to) add some more value to the community,” Prinzing said.