Get ready to start seeing the Union Jack flying over Route 114 soon.
The British Beer Company is moving into the spot currently occupied by Grassfields at 29 Andover St.
The Danvers Board of Selectmen approved transferring the all-alcohol license from Old Danvers Restaurant, Inc., which runs Grassfields, to Danvers BBC, LLC, which will run the Danvers British Beer Company. The board also approved an entertainment license for up to a five-piece band.
British Beer Company, which has 10 British-themed pubs in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire, has signed a 10-year lease for the property with three five-year extension options with the property owner, according to Nancy McCann, which represented BBC before the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.
The space is 5,446 square feet and will include 176 seats as well as an exterior patio area between the building and Route 114. McCann said BBC would like to include speakers outside with low volume music to help detract from the sound of Route 114 traffic.
“I think this will add a nice streetscape. It will soften the appearance of 114,” said McCann.
BBC plans to renovate the interior of the building, including a new bar and furnishings as well as a new façade. All of it will be done to change the location into a British pub.
BBC plans to open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. Forty to 45 employees will be hired with 20 employees on the premises during the largest shift.
The board approved the license transfer and entertainment without any issues. Selectman David Mills said he fully supported the plan, but had a cheeky request for BBC.
"I’m not going to sit on [the patio]. I would like an inside table, thank you,” Mills quipped.
British Beer Company hopes to open the Danvers location in June.