Hauser moving to Frank's

Demolition is under way at the old 36,000-square-foot theater space at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg to make room for Atomic Dog: Home of Jack’s Hard Cider.

Atomic Dog: Home of Jack’s Hard Cider will soon open at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.

Renovation is under way at the former 36,000-square-foot theater space, where a new dining experience is planned, along with on-site production of Jack’s Hard Cider and a special event space, according to a press release. Customers will also be able to tour the production area, the release reads.

Interior demolition and exterior renovation are planned, according to Outlet Shoppes Marketing Director Linda Wellborn.

The new owner plans to bring on a chef to create an upscale pub menu. Customers will enjoy local craft beers, the company’s well-known and popular homegrown wines, along with the company’s specialty cider, the release indicates. The restaurant will have seating for 300, and lunch and dinner will be served seven days a week.

Atomic Dog was conceived by entrepreneur and businessman Donald Hoffman, owner of the winery and cider operation. Hoffman is president and chief executive officer of Excel Services Corp., a nuclear engineering firm in Rockville, Md.

“We are thrilled to carry on Jack Hauser’s vision and strong reputation, as well as the quality of Jack’s Hard Cider with our newest concept, Atomic Dog. It’s a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or to meet friends and enjoy an outstanding dinner with great company. We look forward to sharing the progress over the next few months with the Gettysburg community, and the Outlet Shoppes is a perfect fit for us,” said Hoffman.

“To add a unique visitor experience like this is significant in that we already welcome hundreds of motor coaches to the property every year, and we expect those numbers to grow, along with locals who will bring visiting friends and family to shop, dine and experience local cider making at its very best,” said Wellborn.

The winery, cider operation, and tasting room are currently operating out of the company’s Cashtown location and will continue to do so until the new location is up and running.

Jack’s was previously produced by local winery Hauser Estate Inc. In November, a bankruptcy judge approved Hoffman’s purchase of the business. In an auction at the Harrisburg federal courthouse, no bidder opted to exceed Hoffman’s already standing offer of $1.2 million.

Hauser’s tasting room on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg has closed.

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