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Harpoon wants to build an outdoor patio at its Southie beer hall

Harpoon’s beer hall, as pictured after its renovation in 2013.JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF/File

Harpoon Brewery wants to give its beer hall patrons some fresh air.

The board of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, which is Harpoon’s landlord, will vote Thursday on whether to let the company create an outdoor patio at its South Boston waterfront facility.

The patio would cover up to 2,433 square feet. It would be open only on weekends in the summer, depending on the weather, and located in front of the brewery, according to Harpoon spokeswoman Liz Melby. The space would be “temporary – not a permanent fixture,” Melby added, declining to comment further.

But according to an the BPDA’s meeting agenda, the space would be open from May through October, and outfitted with tables and plants.


Harpoon would pay an additional $3,000 per year to the agency as part of the arrangement. The BPDA board will be asked to approve a change in Harpoon’s lease to allow the patio, and to support its application with the zoning board of appeals.

Harpoon’s 6,000-square-foot beer hall has become a popular destination since opening in 2013. It has occasionally featured outdoor festivals and used its outdoor area for activities such as yoga, but has not featured regular outdoor seating.

The view of Boston from Harpoon’s beer hall in Southie. JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF/File

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