NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A new outdoor restaurant and entertainment spot has opened up on the waterfront in New Bedford and city officials are hoping it will attract people to the area.
Cisco Brewers Kitchen & Bar is located on the city’s south end at the old Davey’s Locker site on Rodney French Boulevard.
The business officially opened on June 23, but the ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday.
“We want people to understand that New Bedford is a city on the move, a city that is building, a city that people want to be in, and raise their kids in, and invest a good life in,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said.
Mitchell was joined by the business’ owners, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Rep. Tony Cabral and several members of the New Bedford City Council.
The mayor said Polito’s presence was not just a photo-op, adding that she was actively involved in the approval process to make this location possible.
“She understood very well what this project meant to the city,” Mitchell said.
Polito applauded Cisco Brewers CEO and co-founder Steve Silverstein for taking a chance on the Whaling City during a global pandemic.
“There’s a lot on this city’s plate and they’re managing it well and it’s a pleasure to see these things happen,” Polito said. “The government shouldn’t be the only driver of progress – you need the private sector, partners and people like [Silverstein] to make things happen.”
Cisco Brewers New Bedford includes seven bars, a beer garden, indoor sushi bar, two outdoor patios, yard games and live music.
“This is a transformative project, this is what we need in cities,” Cabral said.
“It gives people a reason to say ‘let’s go to New Bedford,'” echoed Mitchell.
The owners are hoping to have docks installed in a few months so people can pull up on their boats.
Dogs are welcome.
“You can sit and enjoy a cocktail, watch the scallop boats go out, watch the ferries go out to the islands, and still be involved right here in the middle of New Bedford,” Jamie Strobino, operating partner of Cisco Brewers said.
Cisco Brewers originated in Nantucket and also has locations in Stamford, Connecticut and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as well as a seasonal pop-up location in Boston’s seaport district.