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New restaurant to oust Beaver Meadow Bar & Grille

A new restaurant will replace the long-standing Beaver Meadow Bar & Grille at the Concord golf course this spring.

The city has announced a three-year contract with Josh Davis, who will open the 1896 Grill and Tavern in April.

The change comes as the parks and recreation department plans a $20,000 update to the Beaver Meadow clubhouse and to add a golf simulator to attract guests year-round, Director David Gill said.

“A lot of creative juices are going on to help us improve the operation, help improve the golf experience,” Gill said.

Gill said Davis, who owns the Smoke Shack in Boscawen and operates all food operations at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, wants to host more private events in the Beaver Meadow clubhouse.

“He has a really aggressive plan to work with us to grow our catering business there,” Gill said.

The Beaver Meadow Bar & Grille has been owned by Jill Mulvey for three years, but it has operated at the course for more than a decade, she said. Before she bought the restaurant, Mulvey worked at the Grille part time.

Now, Mulvey will have to close the restaurant at the end of February. This is her only business.

“I’ve worked there so long, made so many relationships, connections with all the golf course community. . . . I just really loved working there, so it was actually devastating,” Mulvey said.

Mulvey said she has a master’s degree in social work and will most likely return to that field, though she has considered opening a new restaurant.

“I decided to put that on hold,” she said.

Purchasing Manager Doug Ross said Davis will pay $38,000 to the city each year, as well as 10 percent of the restaurant’s sales of more than $245,000. The city puts the concessions contract up to bid every three years.

The clubhouse will close for the month of March for renovations – “a face-lift” – that will cost about $20,000, Gill said.

Davis will be able to host parties of up to 100 people in the clubhouse, but he said he could cater larger events for 200 to 300 people outside. The sit-down restaurant inside will serve mostly American food, including his popular barbecue.

“We do a ton of off-site catering with the Smoke Shack,” Davis said. “I was looking to have a facility where people can come to us.”

The new 1896 Grill and Tavern will open April 1, along with the driving range and pro shop.

The city has also received two bids for a golf simulator, which Gill said he would like to operate throughout the winter months and on rainy days when golfers can’t play outside.

Expanding the catering and adding the golf simulator, Gill said, could boost business for Beaver Meadow.

“I think one of the things that we constantly look at at the golf course (is) . . . is there an opportunity to make the golf course continue to be a year-round operation (and) maximize new revenue opportunities?” Gill said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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