Patriot Place starting open-container program in late August

FOXBOROUGH, M.A. (WLNE) — Patriot Place is starting an open-container program later this month, that will allow visitors to enjoy take-out food and cocktails on two outdoor patios. 

The program is the first of its kind in Massachusetts. It is intended to help the 23 restaurants and breweries at Patriot Place that have been struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are areas where we have stage performances and bands playing all the time,” said VP and General Manager of Patriot Place, Brian Earley. “Now, we’re able to make it a family-friendly opportunity for folks to enjoy an adult beverage.”

Earley says the open-container program is something he’s wanted to put in place for a while, but has never had the opportunity to do so.

“Until Governor Baker signed legislation that allowed for take-out alcohol, this was not something that could not be done in the state of Massachusetts until right now,“ he explained.

The hope is that the open-container program will attract more visitors to Patriot Place and help boost sales at their restaurants and breweries. 

“I think it’s going to be a good opportunity,” said Peter Vitello, manager of Wormtown Brewery’s Patriot Place location.

“Patriot Place is already a destination spot to go,” Vitello said. “And once we open [the program] up, it’ll bring some more people and give it more of a relaxed feel. Especially at a brewery, that’s what we like. It gives us a chance to sell more product and have a little more fun.”

The designated refreshment patios will be open daily from noon-9:30pm. 

The open-container program will run until May of 2022, when Governor Baker’s legislation is up for renewal. 

“We hope it will continue,” said Earley. “It’s never been done before, so I think we’ll be a model to hopefully allow this in other parts of the state.”

The patios will also be open on Patriots and Revolution game days

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