The Sea Dog Brew Pub in Woburn may have poured its last pint.
The business filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy today, a step that usually involves liquidation, and customers were starting to complain on the restaurant’s Facebook page because they were showing up at the restaurant only to find the doors closed.
Nobody was answering my calls to the restaurant today, and there was no voice mail to take my message. I also didn’t hear back from Theodore Connolly, the lawyer who is representing Sea Dog Woburn LLC in US Bankruptcy Court in Boston.
The Sea Dog restaurant concept, built around the Sea Dog line of beers, had been limited to its home state of Maine until recently. A group of restaurateurs opened up a seasonal Sea Dog restaurant in Hull in 2010, through a licensing agreement with Sea Dog owner Shipyard Brewing. Licensing agreements for year-round Sea Dog restaurants in Woburn and Northborough followed.
But the expansion of the Sea Dog pub brand in Massachusetts has not gone according to plan. The Sea Dog in Northborough closed in late 2012, and now the one in Woburn appears to have closed as well.
The Hull operation, located at the Sunset Bay Marina, remains open for business but principal Peter Lucido tells me the Woburn restaurant has been operated under different ownership since November 2012.
A Sea Dog in Nantucket has been rebranded as Nixs Brewpub and a Sea Dog that was supposed to open in Plymouth became a Nixs last year as well. The Nixs concept is run by Bostonian Hospitality Group, and the company’s four restaurants — there’s one in Boston’s Financial District and in Hartford — are named after Nix’s Mate, a small Boston Harbor island.
Meanwhile, the Sea Dog restaurant business has expanded outside of Maine under corporate ownership. Shipyard Brewing has opened two Sea Dog locations in Florida in Clearwater and Orlando, to augment the three Sea Dog pubs it owns in Maine, in Bangor, South Portland and Topsham.