March 12, 2019 – The first of several food and drink businesses has opened in The Hangar complex across the street from Watsonville Airport. The Beer Mule, operated by the same folks behind the Beer Thirty in Soquel, is now pouring a selection of local craft beers from 40 taps and serving a menu of light lunch and dinner items. Children and dogs are welcome in an outdoor beer garden and the whole operation is open daily from 11am to 10 or 11pm.
The refurbished WWII-era aircraft hangar—surrounded by four shipping containers, picnic tables and fire pits—aims to become a new hot spot in Watsonville.
“There has been a tremendous response in just the first two days, we are so excited to finally begin seeing our dream become reality,” says Brian Dueck, developer of The Hangar project with his brother Kevin.
In addition to the Beer Mule, the 6,400 square foot building and adjacent gardens will be home to three new eating places—Mr. Z’s, Zameen Mediterranean Food and Aloha Hola. Developers are still looking for a coffee shop/dessert tenant as well as retailers for two of the shipping containers.
Mr. Z’s, which is under construction next door to The Beer Mule, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner crepes, along with açaí bowls, smoothies and boba tea.
Zameen’s will be the third outpost for the popular Aptos restaurant, which serves falafels, kebabs, pita wraps and salads.
Aloha Hola—which will operate out of one of the converted shipping containers—will offer Hawaiian specialties. All three restaurants are expected to begin serving by Memorial Day—the unofficial start of summer.