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Locals to reopen popular outdoor bar in York, Maine

Article from the York Weekly: The Rough is back.

Eighteen months after The Barn and the Lobster in the Rough went on the market — months that included a long summer of 2015 without York’s favorite summer watering hole — two York men have purchased the property and plan to open the Rough in the coming weeks.

Bagel Basket owner Sean Mitchell and Brian Sleeper, owner of Period Design Restoration in York, bought the 9.8-acre property for $875,000 from former owner Betty Weaver earlier this month. The property includes an indoor restaurant, The Barn, and the Rough, a seasonal outdoor bar and restaurant.

The two, along with family members and friends, have been working diligently to get the Rough open in time for the start of the summer season in May. They took time out this week to talk about their plans.

“It was not a good summer last summer,” said Sleeper, when the Rough was closed.

Generations of York residents past and present have long been customers of the Rough. Bocce and horseshoe leagues have been held there, and families brought children who have enjoyed the playground. “It was a major void.”

“This is a local place. Everyone wanted this to open. Without it, there was no place to go,” said Mitchell.

Proof of that is found in the fact that a posting on The Barn’s Facebook page April 21 about the sale generated 281 likes, 52 shares and dozens and dozens of comments.

As of right now, the partners are not planning to open The Barn. They are considering ideas including leasing it to a restaurateur or business, but at this point just want to get the Rough up and running.

The Rough Experience

The Rough experience is like no other...filled with unique character our venue consists of a huge yard featuring multiple fire pits, bocce courts, horseshoe pits as well as some of the best live music from Portland, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts.  Sit back, relax and let our cocktail servers take your drink order while you indulge in a lobster dinner. We're family friendly during the day and an adult playground at night. Wanna watch the game, we've got it covered with multiple tv's so you don't need to miss a thing! We look forward to serving you this summer.