Bar owner plans to open pub at Manchester DAV hall
Robert Provencher has acquired the building and has undertaken substantial interior renovations for the 41-seat facility.
The DAV owned the building for years and operated a bar there, one of the few DAV chapters in the country to have one. It closed last November.
He is now trying to get control of the parking lot, which actually sits on city land, a former railroad right-of-way.
The DAV had a license to use the land from the city. Earlier this week, a committee of aldermen tabled Provencher's request for a similar license, asking city officials to place a value on the property. It's likely to come up again next month.
He said he hopes to draw customers from the nearby apartments, including a housing complex for veterans that is going up on Somerville Street. He said he tried to maintain DAV logos in the interior, but the organization refused.
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