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Old Hadley's in Carlsbad Becoming Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Colonial Village

After 10 years of being closed, Hadley's is undergoing demolition. The new business opening there will have a colonial theme and offer educational experiences for students.

Construction is underway on a project unlike any other in Carlsbad.

A colonial-themed museum and restaurant based on The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, MA is being built where Hadley Fruit Orchards sat closed for 10 years on Paseo Del Norte.

The real Green Dragon Tavern in Boston was established in 1654 and said to be a planning site for the Boston Tea Party. It still operates as a pub and restaurant in Boston.

Carlsbad City Council approved the project in 2009. The project is now in the demolition stages. Jason Goff with the City of Carlsbad Planning Division said, "we are encouraged by the redevelopment of this site especially given the economic market."

According to public city records, Carlsbad's Green Dragon Tavern & Museum Colonial Village has plans to hire local history teachers to teach students about pilgrims and the Revolutionary War, in addition to being a restaurant and bookstore.

Carlsbad Patch will have more information on the project in the coming months.

Belinda Rachman, Esq. September 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I wonder if the same greedy landlord still owns it. I have loved Hadley's since the early 1970's and was so THRILLED to have one in Carlsbad after only being able to visit their desert location. When the landlord raised the rent and then left it empty all these years, I often wondered how someone could be so short sighted! I would rather have a tenant paying a lower rate than no tenant at all!!!!!
Pat Sullivan September 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
So glad that something will go onto that prime site.
glenn bernard September 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Rachman, Esquire (above) seems adept at counting other people's money.....probably a democrat
M Clark September 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hadley's closes further back than 10 years ago. The lease dispute was much more complicated than just a rent hike. I hope the new tavern becomes a great stop for tourist and local alike, as Hadley's had become in it's heyday. Got to say I still miss those date shakes!
Susan Fancher September 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
What a grand idea! The educational purpose, along with the historic Tavern, are great, innovative ideas. I live near & look forward to this venture. I am also active in our Museum of Making Music & can visualize great combined venues. Good luck & hurry, Susan Fancher, Carlsbad, CA
Mary November 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Glad to see the spot gonna perk up! I was hoping for a Sprouts or Trader Joe's, but since I am a transplant from Boston, this just might be fun!!!
Joey January 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM
They better serve Harpoon IPA, lobstah, and a wicked pissah cup of clam CHOWDAH!
Sharon Jones January 28, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Sounds like it will be a fun place, very good luck
Gem August 20, 2013 at 03:46 PM
well glenn Bernard... your comment is totally out of line. this story has nothing to do with politics. people like you ruin sites like this with posting negativity.
Jennifer D'Amico August 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
It looks like it's almost ready to open!
barbara segal August 27, 2013 at 05:59 PM
mary....as much as i love TJ's, really, how many do we need within 10 min of each other, or sprouts? We need something unique, affordable, and a good selection of IPA's....
CAFemme August 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
It's almost to the landscaping stage. I can't wait to see the museum and meet friends there for lunch. The Green Dragon will be a wonderful addition to the Carlsbad community!
Gem August 28, 2013 at 01:13 PM
another place to get IPA's ... hardly unique or imaginative.
Mary September 01, 2013 at 05:48 PM
barbara segal, it would have been sweet for me to be able to walk or 2 min drive to a market that now puts me out there in traffic. But hey, happy hour walk can be fun too!!
mark sharpe September 02, 2013 at 10:52 AM
hadleys has been gone for more than 20 years wake up.
Laura September 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM
It hasn't been 20 years since Hadley's was there, I know, I have lived up the street for 14 years and it was still there. While a museum is a great Idea, it's so the wrong place. We need a Grocery store off Palomar Airport! And why did it have to be modeled after a place in Boston? Hello we do have history in SoCal
glenn bernard September 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Would be happy if Laura (above) and Barbara (above) pooled their financial resources to open their own store, and then become wealthy because of it. But warning....those people who readily use the phrase "greedy landlords" might suddenly decide that nobody should ever be able to sell food at a profit.

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