Mashpee could have a new waterfront restaurant and tourist attraction as early as spring 2016, and it is nowhere near the ocean, a lake, or a pond.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mashpee Design and Plan Review Committee, Erik C. Bevans and Thomas Hughes, co-owners of the popular Quahog Republic restaurants, unveiled preliminary plans for a family entertainment complex, complete with its own waterfront restaurant on a man-made waterway to be called “Quahog Bay.” The proposed center would be situated on a 3.97-acre parcel of land located across from South Cape Village on Route 28.
The initial development proposal includes a high-end Cape Cod-themed 18-hole miniature golf course, multiple water features, a 2,000-square-foot restaurant with a 1,500 square-foot deck overlooking “Quahog Bay,” and five 1,000-square-foot “Old Cape Cod” themed retail buildings along a boardwalk situated next to a man-made stream. Mr. Hughes and Mr. Bevans envision that shopkeepers would sell items such as ice cream, fudge, and popcorn. The Quahog Republic restaurant would be open year-round offering a traditional Cape Cod menu featuring fried clams, steamed lobsters, and a raw bar, while the miniature golf course would be open seasonally from April through October.
There would also be entertainment in the open areas of the complex. “But we would be very conscious of our neighbors, and are aware of the recent issues that some nearby residents had with loud music being played at The Lanes in Mashpee Commons,” Mr. Bevans said.
Mr. Hughes and Mr. Bevans also said that future plans for the complex could include outdoor ice skating during the winter months.
“This concept is in the real early planning stages. There are a lot of projects that we are considering and hope that we can follow through on one of them. There is a lot of work to be done to make sure that this project is done 100 percent properly. We do things right, and the Town of Mashpee so far has been great to work with,” Mr. Bevans said.
The property, which is not yet under agreement by the Quahog Republic owners and its unnamed investors, is being marketed by Hyannis-based Carey Commercial Real Estate and is currently priced at $1.5 million. The property is zoned for commercial use.
The Quahog Republic currently operates a year-round restaurant on Spring Bars Road in Falmouth, as well as a seasonal restaurant in the Onset village section of Wareham. The company also markets a brand of clothing and accessories based on its tagline and mantra of “Live, Give, Relax.” The original Quahog Republic restaurant was located on the waterfront on Mashnee Island in Bourne for 14 years. It closed in 2010 after the property was purchased by a group of nearby homeowners. The building was demolished last month.
“They presented a refreshing, creative business concept. It’s nice to see that entrepreneurs are looking at Mashpee as a place to locate their businesses. We are the hot spot on the Cape and are getting hotter,” selectman Carol A. Sherman, who also serves as president of the Mashpee Economic and Development Industrial Corporation, said.
Following the presentation, Ms. Sherman enthusiastically handed Mr. Hughes and Mr. Bevans a copy of the EDIC’s “Mashpee Guide to Business,” designed to help business owners navigate through the town’s permitting and licensing processes should they decide to pursue a project in Mashpee.
“We are trying to create a safe, fun, and unique waterfront Cape Cod experience for all ages—right in the middle of Mashpee,” Mr. Hughes wrote in a memorandum to the committee last week.