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PC Train Station Brewery Construction Begins

The renovations to the train station for Port Chester Hall are expected to be finished by November, 2013.

Port Chester’s historic 1890 train station building will be transformed into a food hall and beer garden by the end of the year, according to a Metro-North spokesperson. The space, owned by Metro-North, is now leased to New York City’s Heartland Brewery, which will make $1.2 million worth of long-term infrastructure improvements to the 5,360-square-foot building and name it Port Chester Hall.

The beer hall will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and will also operate a coffee concession from 6 to 11 a.m. on weekdays to accommodate commuters. The ticket office will remain open due to high usage.

While construction is performed, a trailer now parked in front of the station will be used for ticket sales and as a waiting area and restroom.

Heartland had originally hoped to begin construction in January of this year and be open by June, but now they do not expect to finish the construction until this November, according to MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

Under the lease, ten parking spaces for restaurant employees will provided in the nearby garage. Restaurant customers can park in the garage as well and in the empty commuter spaces after typical commuter hours.

The brewer anticipates building seating for 116 inside and 112 outside, which will be a 3,600-square-foot landscaped beer garden.

"This project is very exciting for me as I'm both a restaurateur and avid gardener. Designing a restaurant in this historic building and working with a designer and a landscape architect together on the food hall and beer garden is something I have always wanted," said Jon Bloostein, founder and CEO of Heartland Brewery.

The restaurant will offer a diverse menu and full bar featuring a selection of locally brewed New York beers. They will preserve the existing mosaic and stone floor and include the oak benches in their furniture plan, according to Bloostein.  

The infrastructure improvements include new natural gas service, commercial-grade air conditioning, upgraded plumbing, electric, and mechanical systems and new lighting consistent with the design of the station.

Heartland signed a lease with the MTA to pay $80,000 for the first year of a 20-year net lease with annual increase of three percent a year.

Heartland owns and operates seven restaurant/brewpubs in New York City, including one at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and is planning two others in addition to the one in Port Chester.

Larry Reina June 15, 2013 at 05:19 PM
What is the plan for a ticket booth and waiting area? And why has Metro North never put a cross-over bridge or handicapped access on the CT bound side. For one of the most used stations on the New Haven line it is ridiculous that they never have made these improvements.
Kay-Tee of PC June 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
That's exactly what I'd like to know. Why isn't there an over pass to the Connecticut side? There is also no handicap access on that side either. Rye and Greenwich both have handicap access to BOTH sides. Doesn't the MTA think that handicapped Port Chester residents would rather board at the PC train station instead of having to go to Greenwich or Rye? Why not create access to both sides first, and then give us a food hall and beer garden. Seems like the priorities are all wrong. It's unfortunate that for PC residents, our train station is not in the 21st century. Shame on the MTA for not upgrading handicap access first!
Cristina Woods September 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM
My thoughts as well! Even just traveling with a stroller is impossible! If I were handicapped I would sue. I don't understand how it is legal for public transportation to not have handicapped access. I took the train yesterday to Rye with my baby girl in her stroller and discovered upon our return that there was no ramp. I was stuck on the other side with a sleeping baby in her stroller! There were 4 sets of steep stairs on that side. Who can we talk to about this problem? This is a MAJOR problem!

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