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Updated: September 26, 2022

Sea Dog Brewing to open location in Scarborough

restaurant with sign Courtesy / Malone Commercial Brokers The 1 Cabela Boulevard location, occupied until 2020 by Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, is undergoing a facelift for a new Sea Dog brew pub.

The Sea Dog Brewing Co. has upgrades and fit-up underway to open a new location at 1 Cabela Boulevard in Scarborough.

The company bought the 6,115-square-foot retail building from Feldco Development Corp. for $1.5 million. 

Mark Malone of Malone Commercial Brokers brokered the transaction.

The location formerly housed an outlet of the Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que chain. The outlet closed in 2020, according to news report at the time.

It will be Sea Dog’s sixth brew pub in Maine, according to its website. The company also has two locations each in New Hampshire and Florida.

“This will be the same theme as the other Sea Dogs,” Fred Forsley, the company’s co-owner, told Mainebiz. “We feel like that’s a whole dynamic market of travelers as well as locals.”

The location fronts a larger retail complex, the Gateway Shoppes, which is owned by Boston-based Feldco Development. The Gateway Shoppes complex is anchored by a Cabela’s sporting goods store.

drawing of building
Courtesy / Sea Dog Brewing Co. 
Seen here is an exterior elevation view used as a graphic guide for exterior signage and paint color for the new Sea Dog Brewing Co. location in Scarborough.

The complex is located at exit 42 off the Maine Turnpike/I-95, two miles from the Maine Mall and five miles from downtown Portland.

It offers good exposure for the pub, said Forsley.

“Scarborough is a great town and it’s growing,” he said. “I see a lot of opportunity there.”

The building is sound and fundamentally suited for the pub, he noted.

“We’re basically giving it a facelift,” he said. “We’re going to upgrade some of the exterior painting and signage. We’ll do some minor rearranging of furniture and whatnot. But overall, the bones of the place are pretty strong.”

The purchase and upgrades were financed through Machias Savings Bank. 

The goal is to be operational by late October or early November. Plans include hiring between 60 and 90 full- and part-time employees.  

“I’m excited about going there,” he added.

Maine’s breweries are busy with plans. Elsewhere, Allagash Brewing Co. plans to open a tasting room at the Downs. And Mast Landing Brewing Co. has plans to open a tasting room at 185 Cottage Road in South Portland. Details on opening dates still have to be worked out. 

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