Harpoon Beer Garden extends operation at Mercantile Plaza downtown to Oct. 28

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By Kim Ring

Photo: Christine Peterson

WORCESTER — After a successful summer at Mercantile Plaza, the Harpoon Beer Garden will extend its inaugural run into late October.

The beer garden opened in May in the courtyard between Mercantile Center and the parking garage and has often been busy with after-work and weekend crowds enjoying beers poured from a shipping container-turned bar.

The location offers outdoor seating for about 225 people with umbrella-covered tables.

There are cornhole games and live music, as well. It is the Boston-based Harpoon’s first satellite location in Massachusetts.

City License Commissioner Anthony Vigliotti said Thursday that he has been pleased with the beer garden, calling it “a tremendous operation.”

The beer garden has five draft lines dedicated to Harpoon and three for other New England brews.

Operated by the owners of Reunion Tap and Table in Grafton, the site has flourished and now plans are for it to stay open into the fall.

License Commissioners voted Thursday to award more than two dozen one-day liquor licenses to allow the beer garden to operate until Oct. 28.

Commissioners also awarded entertainment licenses for the same dates to allow for live music at the venue.

The beer garden is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.