Douglas' Iconic Root Beer Barrel Back In Business & Serving Delectable Delights
After recent years of anticipation the historic Douglas Root Beer Barrel is open for business once again to serve hot dogs and root beer floats to those who stop by at its location at the southwest corner of Center and Ferry streets.
Its reopening harks back to a period in the 1950s until the mid-1970s when the barrel served generations of summer visitors foot-long hot dogs and root beer frosted mugs.
It became an iconic road-side attraction where people could meet on their way to Oval Beach or Mt. Baldhead, not far from the current location.
The structure was slated for demolition in 2011 but was saved by a group of local citizens.
The barrel went through major repair and rebuilding and brought back to life.
Times have not changed. “It was packed,” Douglas City Council Member Lisa Greenwood shared with her colleagues at Monday’s council meeting about her recent visit to the barrel.
Though the council approved the agreement on Monday, White has been operating the business since last month; there is a provision in the Douglas city ordinance that allows city staff to approve such operations at an administrative level.
On Monday, the Douglas City Council made it official and entered into an agreement through the end of this year with concession stand owner Mick White.
He is open for business from noon until sunset, serving the Classic Dog, Chili Dog, and Gourmet of the Day Dog. His desserts includes brownies and root beer floats.
However, before being approved, Douglas City Council Member Aaron Miller did express that he would have wanted the city to officially and publicly bid out the concession business at the Barrel before moving ahead with an agreement with White.
City staff responded by noting that the issue had been well covered by local media and besides, the city already had an ongoing relationship with White.
Last summer, White operated a street vendor business (a lemonade stand) in downtown Douglas.