Commercial development in Brentwood

A restaurant and bank are being considered for this property located along Route 125 in Brentwood.

BRENTWOOD — A piece of land along Route 125 that was cleared and has sat vacant may soon be home to a new restaurant and bank.

Shawn McKeen, who owns the property at 154 Crawley Falls Road, has submitted plans to the town proposing a possible 1,800-square-foot restaurant and 2,000-square-foot bank.

The application doesn’t identify the restaurant or bank.

The 2.2 acres sits at the intersection of Routes 125 and 111A. A house was located there for many years before it was torn down, and the land was cleared for possible future commercial development.

A design review application showing a conceptual development for the two buildings was submitted to the planning board by Wayne Morrill, vice president of Jones & Beach Engineers Inc. of Stratham, on Dec. 3.

Neither McKeen nor Morrill could be reached for comment on the proposal.

A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Town Office.

The commercial property is one of several along Route 125 that have been on the market — in some cases for years.

The restaurant proposal comes three months after the sudden closure of Bessie’s Lunch, which had been a landmark on Route 125 for decades.

Bessie’s was a popular diner that first opened in Raymond in the 1950s, relocated to Fremont in the 1960s and then moved to its current location at 266 Route 125 in Brentwood in the 1970s.

Bessie’s has been quiet since its doors closed. Shortly after it closed, the property owner, Louis Gargiulo, said he had received interest from others looking to possibly reopen the restaurant.

Meanwhile, a new cafe called Brew opened earlier this month at 313 Route 125. The space was formerly home to Toss ’N Sauce, a small Italian restaurant. It underwent extensive renovations to give it a cafe feel.

Brew’s menu includes coffee, cold brew, pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and bowls, salads and grain bowls.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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