A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED PUB

THE TOWNHOUSE BREWPUB & EATERY
A Community Supported Pub
76 College Street, Antigonish, NS    (902) 863-2248
The Townhouse Brewpub is a proper “local,” a neighbourhood pub, a community supported restaurant, and a place to enjoy the renaissance of craft brewing and local food.We brew our own British style ales on site, they’re cask-conditioned and served on traditional hand-pump.
We also offer 8 other excellent Maritime microbrewed beers on tap from the following breweries: Boxing Rock Brewery (Shelburne, NS), Uncle Leo’s Brewery (Lion’s Brook, NS), Big Spruce Brewery (Nyanza, Cape Breton, NS), The Granite Brewery (Halifax, NS), Propeller Brewery (Halifax, NS), Garrison Brewery (Halifax, NS).

WINTER/SPRING HOURS (JAN – JUNE)
OPEN:
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 4PM-MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 4PM-10:30ish
KITCHEN CLOSES:
TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY 9PM, THURSDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY 10PM, SUNDAY 9PM
***LATE NIGHT MENU AVAILABLE UNTIL 11PM
SUMMER/FALL HOURS (JULY – DECEMBER)
OPEN:
MONDAY – SATURDAY 4PM-MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 4PM-11ish
KITCHEN CLOSES:
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 10PM, SUNDAY/MONDAY 9PM
***LATE NIGHT MENU AVAILABLE UNTIL 11PM
Thursday nights: live Jazz from 9pm.
Sunday evenings: traditional Irish music session from 6:30 on! All acoustic.

A Community Supported Pub?

As chronicled on this blog, Terry and I wanted to create a cozy little old-fashioned pub and micro-brewery in downtown Antigonish; a place where people can gather to chat, be entertained, and enjoy the wide variety of great beers, wines, and food being produced in the Maritimes today. I came across a New York Times article several years ago describing an innovative community based funding model. To help a restaurant in small-town Vermont get started, enthusiastic customers pre-paid for food to be enjoyed there in the future. A great conversation with the manager of one such restaurant, Claire’s in Hardwick, VT, inspired us to launch our own version. We’re calling it the SUDS Club. We have over 50 members (ranging from individuals to couples to groups of friends or colleagues) who have contributed and helped a new community-based business start-up with a small loan that will be paid back in-kind – our members are the co-creators of Nova Scotia’s first Community Supported Restaurant, and Antigonish’s first brewpub!
*NB: The Port Pub in Port William, NS, is arguably the 1st Community Supported Pub, although it doesn’t use the Community Supported Restaurant model we’re referring to here. It was started through the creation of a CEDIF, or Community Economic Development Investment Fund. For more info on CEDIFs and The Port, please see our earlier post about start-up models.


How it works:

By joining the SUDS Club members bought a $1000 subscription for meals to be enjoyed at the Townhouse over the next 4 years. To show our appreciation for such remarkable community support, each subscriber receives an extra $200 of coupons, and be invited to annual dinner and celebration for all SUDS Club members! For a more detailed discussion of Community Supported Restaurants and how they originated, please see this earlier post.

The details:

Each $1000 subscription entitles you to:

12 x $25 meal coupons, or 6 x $50 meal coupons, each year for 4 years

1 x $25 coupon can be redeemed each month, or 1 x $50 coupon every 2 months

That’s a $200 return on your initial “investment.”

Who are we?

Rosemary Murphy (Antigonish) and Terry Piercey (Irishtown, Newfoundland) opened The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery in Antigonish, NS, on July 3rd, 2012, with the help/investment of about 150 community members.
Mailing address: 76 College St. Antigonish, NS, B2G 1X7
We’d really love to hear from you. Please drop us a line!
or check us out on facebook!
or Twitter!
or INSTAGRAM

2 thoughts on “A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED PUB

  1. Hello Rose,
    I did try to send you an email at however it bounced back is there another one to try?
    Anna-Maria Jachimowicz
    Savour food & wine Festival

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