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Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats is clashing with its hometown after a Rehoboth Beach board rejected plans to redevelop and expand the flagship brewpub.
The News Journal reports Dogfish is asking the city to reconsider before the company takes an appeal to court. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione says the brewery was shocked and disappointed by the city’s rejection.
Clif Hilderley of Rehoboth’s Board of Adjustment voted down the expansion, saying the plan was too big for Rehoboth. He says Dogfish could leave town to expand.
But other business owners and tourism officials say Dogfish has become an attraction that draws visitors to Delaware and helps other businesses. Rehoboth draws about 6 million visitors a year.
Dogfish CEO Nick Benz says the brewpub won’t contemplate moving out of Rehoboth.