By Tom Eastman
CONWAY — Construction crews last week demolished the former retail center that had recently housed the Robert Frost Charter School in North Conway to make way for 120 parking spaces for the new 10-store Settlers Green Streetside retail project.
The building between Settlers Green Streetside and Friendly’s Restaurant at 1675 White Mountain Highway was taken down on June 6 and 7.
The work was done by Spears Bros. Building Salvage and Wrecking of Belmont.
Settlers Green Streetside will feature 10 stores, including a 120-seat restaurant, Barley & Salt Tap House and Kitchen, an upscale restaurant featuring an extensive draft beer list along with a “street food” menu, set to open at Settlers Green Streetside this fall.
Barley & Salt is an original dining concept developed by local restaurateur Ben Williams.
Williams is co-owner of the Black Cap Grille located at Settlers Crossing, and was an original partner of the famed Horsefeathers Restaurant.
Barley & Salt will be located at the eastern end of Settlers Green Streetside.
Featuring a brick facade, arched windows, soaring ceiling with custom chandeliers and a three-season outdoor deck with views to the Green Hills, the restaurant building and all interior design is by Prellwitz Chillinski & Associates.
According to Williams, the restaurant will offer 30 draft beers on tap along with a full cocktail menu and selected wines. Taps will use a top of the line nitrogen blending system. “We will feature many of the local breweries, along with ever-changing national and international beers in a setting unlike anywhere else in the v-alley,” stated Williams.
Barley & Salt will open in late summer along with several other new tenants including Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Francesca’s, Skechers Outlet, Columbia Sportswear and several others not yet named. For construction news, grand opening announcements and event information, please visit settlersgreen.com and sign up for their e-newsletter.
The project also includes adding two new spaces on the H Building at Settlers Green Outlet Village (the westernmost building), next to the recently opened Express Factory Outlet.
The first stores are slated to open by early August, according to Assistant Marketing Director Laura Tuveson.
Meanwhile, the Robert Frost Charter School has found a new home at the former Journey Church on Route 113 in Conway. School officials announced last week that they had entered into a sales agreement to acquire the church facility, as the church is building a new facility in Center Conway.
“We had our last day of school in the old building May 31, and then the children began outdoor learning programs at Stone Environmental Camp at Camp Tohkoemuepog (in East Madison) and Nature’s Classroom at Camp Cody (in Freedom),” said board member Amy Mahoney.
“We are holding a field day the last day of school June 15.”
Mahoney said that construction work on retrofitting the new church for the school is planned to start in July. The school and the church will share the space until the new church is completed, Pastor Trevor Skalberg has said in earlier interviews.