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Since the Jefferson Inn fell under new ownership last fall, we’ve all been waiting to see when or if an important part of the barmuda triangle would be restored. What we now know is the old haunt is coming back by the end of the year — in a slightly more bougie package called the 1901 Lounge, named for the year the hotel opened.

This space is still a work in progress and may change more between now and opening day.

“I want it to be as a part of the community as it once was,” says Jesse Tutor, the general manager of the hotel, who came on board in August. While it’ll have a more elevated vibe, you’ll still be able to order a simple beer if that suits your fancy.

The repainted patio will reopen in the spring with more limited options than the indoor bar, and will close earlier to keep hotel guests in mind. Many of the tables and umbrellas have been removed to invite hotel guests to “hang out during the day,” and for visitors to mingle in the evenings.

General manager Jesse Tutor is from a small town in Maine and has previously managed restaurants and bars in Portland, Maine. “It feels serendipitous to end up here, in a small town, in this role,” he says.

Jesse says the lounge menu will feature “interesting” cocktails with locally sourced ingredients, as well as small bites. “Creativity is welcome here,” says bar manager Jordan Ervin.

Jesse has been working with Mary Stone of SoPines Scene to bring back live music. “I want to see the building as alive as it can be,” he says. When it does reopen, 1901 Lounge’s hours will be 4-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and  4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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