Crooked Hammock Brewery and beer garden announced that Middletown local David Schell will serve as general manager of the brewery’s second location, which will be located in Middletown and is set to open fall 2019.

Schell started his career in hospitality more than 16 years ago, working his way up the ladder at TGI Fridays. His positions ranged from busboy, area director and eventually training facilitator.

“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join the Hammock team, and could not be more excited to share this company with the community,” said Schell.

Schell will be unit leader of the 7,000-square-foot restaurant and will lead the hiring process for bartenders, servers, utility, kitchen and management staff. The team will be responsible for handling multiple family friendly backyard activity areas and group event spaces ranging from semi-private, cocktail-style to private party areas.

“David is a great addition to our team,” said Rich Garrahan, founding partner of Crooked Hammock. “Dave's experience and energy is exactly what we look for in our business leaders. He genuinely cares for his team and his guests. I’m certain he will be a great leader for Crooked Hammock, Middletown."

Crooked Hammock Brewery will be located at 316 Auto Park Drive.

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