Tall Ships are here!

Waterfront area food and drink businesses prepare for influx of visitors

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“All we do is plan,” says Salty’s (1869 Upper Water, 423-6818) general manager Patti Robertson on what the popular eatery do to accommodate the sudden rush of ship gawkers. “We have lots of everything, lots of staff working, lots of food. We’ve been through the tall ships before so we know what to expect. We’re just hoping the weather cooperates.” Garrison Brewing (1149 Marginal, 453-5343) is already busy serving folks delicious local beer at the Jazzfest, but are planning to have extra staff on for the crowds looking to slake their thirst. “We’re looking very, very forward to the tall ships,” says Donnie MacIsaac, event and tour coordinator at Garrison. In sharp contrast, Janet Shotwell, co-owner of Trident Booksellers and Café (1256 Hollis, 423-7100) says she isn't particularly excited by the prospects of all the activity taking place only a block away. “In fact, our business is negatively impacted by stuff going on,” she says. “Because the regulars stay away.” With that in mind, this is a message for anyone coming into town for tall ships and maybe staying at The Westin: Drop by Trident on Hollis for a coffee or tea your way down to the water. And you regulars, don’t stop going expecting madness. Who knows, it might not happen.

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