BrewVino adding second location in Dover
Downtown York's BrewVino will soon open a second, larger location in the Grandview Golf Club in Dover Township.
Former county commissioner Steve Chronister, who is part of a team that opened the original BrewVino at 251 N. George St., said they're hoping to open on the grounds of York County's oldest public golf course on July 18.
The restaurant, which will comprise the club's current snack bar and ballroom, will seat approximately 150 inside and 100 outside, more than three times larger than the current location, Chronister said. And he's expecting a customer base more than three times as large, as well.
"It's a perfect location," he said. "There's nowhere right now for people in that area to go (to get food and alcoholic drinks)."
The menu will include all offerings from the York City BrewVino with additions from Manchester Township's Pub on the Trail, which Chronister acquired in 2015, he said. No single item will cost more than $15, and there will be 20-25 employees, he added.
The BrewVino venture, which he embarked on in 2014 with business partner Greg Bower, has been very successful so far, Chronister said. If the success continues in Dover Township, he said additional locations in Delaware, Lancaster and Hanover would be possible.
The new restaurant was made possible thanks to investments from Ron Boyer and Bill Hansman, Chronister said.
Hansman, who lives in Dover Township, said the community needed a restaurant like BrewVino, and he sees the location and food quality as a win-win situation for the restaurant and golf club.
Golf club: Doug Barton, owner of the club, said he had been in talks with Chronister for a while, and he's confident the partnership will be beneficial to both parties.
Barton said he'd likely talk to Chronister in the future about golf coupons for people eating at the restaurant and/or restaurant coupons for people playing golf.
The club has seen fewer rounds played the past few years, according to the 10-year owner, and Barton had actually attempted to auction off the land last year. Barton confirmed he is no longer looking to sell the club.
The public course was built in 1920, according to the club's website, and Chronister said he grew up playing there, as his father served as the golf pro during the 1960s and 1970s.
Chronister, who lost the November election after serving 12 years in the commissioner's office, said he would have pursued this business opportunity even if he was still in office.
Also involved in real estate, Chronister said he is working on a 48-condo development on Beaver Creek Road in Paradise Township called Paradise Village.