Oliver’s Beer Garden on Erie Bay secures public loan for improvements

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Oliver’s Beer Garden, the outdoor bar and food truck that drew live music and beer lovers to the Bayfront last summer, is already receiving a $ 200,000 facelift.

“We have a long commitment to develop the area along Erie Bay and these funds are essential to enable us to continue to do so,” said Nick Scott Jr., vice president of Scott Enterprises, in a statement. communicated. “We are delighted to move forward and continue to renovate, expand and improve our properties like Oliver’s Beer Garden which add to what we have to offer our customers. “

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The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority approved the loan, repayable over seven years at 1.5% interest, for the Scott’s Bayfront hotel.

Nick Scott Sr. said the total cost of Oliver’s Beer Garden now stands at over $ 1.3 million, including three low-interest loans of $ 200,000: one from the Town of Erie ; one from the North West Commission, which was approved in August and for which Scott Sr. said he was still being finalized; and the latest PIDA loan.

According to a statement from State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, the most recent loan was approved by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Planning and Regional Development Commission by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, a program administered by the Department of Community and economic development of the state.

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The money will be used for paving, landscaping, another outdoor pavilion, more fireplaces and tiling, as well as plumbing and electrical work. As a result, the company will retain 55 full-time employees, according to Bizzarro.

“(Public money) makes it all doable,” Scott Sr. said. “I think it’s money really well invested. It is a unique place. It’s seasonal, but six months a year you can really enjoy the waterfront.

“And when we’re done, we can accommodate 500-600 people there for a concert,” he said.

On October 21, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order requiring companies that take state incentives through state DCED to pay workers at least $ 13.50 an hour and give them a raise of $ 15 per hour in 2024.

Scott Sr. said this does not apply to this project because the order is only for new construction.

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Scott Sr. said they are investing more in the beer garden due to the success it has enjoyed during the three-month opening in 2021.

“It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” he said. “That and Oliver’s Rooftop. We’re so happy with that, we’re going to add more.”

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