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Opportunity arrives at the Depot

April 03, 2019
BERLIN — Are you a brew master or experienced restauranteur with an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you like to be part of a project that celebrates Berlin's history? Florida businessman Michael Gilbert, and his business partner, are seeking someone with vision, and a passion for craft beer, to help bring a microbrewery to life in the old train depot where the Eastern Depot restaurant is currently located.

"My plan is to partner with a local brew master or quality restauranteur," says Gilbert, who is very clear that he is seeking the right person to partner with. "There are currently two of us. We are 50/50 partners. Both of us are successful restauranteurs, currently with nine restaurant/bar/breweries in operation from Maine to So. Florida. Neither of us have a desire to operate a hospitality business in NH, so we are in search of the right person or couple that have extensive experience, and are looking for a great opportunity to build a new concept in Berlin … Our third partner will not only earn a salary, but also have the opportunity to own a third of the building, business, and land. A long term plan to add a gazeebo in the lot for seasonal ice cream is also in the works."

Gilbert has already begun the renovation process, including a new roof and LP gas heating system, and intends to restore the building to its former glory. Their plan is to take out all of the partitions that divide the space and take out the two levels of dropped ceilings - exposing the original 15-foot hardwood ceiling.

"We will renovate the building to look as it was intended when it was built as a train station in 1893," he said. "In addition, we will add a deck. The electrical system will be completely replaced as well as all of the plumbing. ADA compliant bathrooms will be built. The exterior will also be completely rehabilitated."

Gilbert believes he has a diamond in the rough with this historic building and he is excited about its potential.. He is also excited about the location. "It has 700 feet of road frontage and sits across from the ball fields, playground, and new skate park."

While Gilbert envisions live entertainment and a full sports bar that caters to the ATV and snowmobile demographic, there is no plan set in stone.

"It is dependent on the qualifications of the person or couple we select," he said.

Whoever is selected will receive support that includes training, some of which is likely to be in Florida.

"We are inclined to finance some of or a large portion of the buy in for the right people. This will be a destination for people living in surrounding communities," he added.

If you believe that you have the skill set to be a part of this project, Gilbert encourages you to send him a note at Gil2690@yahoo.com.

Varney Smith
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