Roslindale substation back in business for first time in 45 years, this time as a craft-beer store, with restaurant to follow
Roslindale residents, city politicians and Keytar Bear gathered this morning at the old Boston Elevated substation to formally open the new Craft Beer Cellar and to take a look at the state of the cavernous main space, which will become a Chris Douglass restaurant called the Third Rail.
Even before the official ribbon cutting, business was brisk at the shop - actually located in the building's cellar - as residents stocked up on beers. Mayor Walsh joked it was a good thing owner Bryan Reeves opened his doors at 11 a.m. - people would have enough time to drink their first rounds, then come back for more for the Patriots game.
The opening was particularly sweet for Adam Rogoff and other members of a residents group that first started trying to do something with the abandoned station - which once powered the trolleys that used to run along Washington Street and Cummins Highway - some 14 years ago.
Historic Boston, Inc. and the Peregrine Group teamed up on the $4.8-million rebab of the 105-year-old substation, which will be paid for in part by the 49-unit apartment building that now wraps around the substation
Reeves cuts the ceremonial ribbon with help from Mayor Walsh, City Councilor Tim McCarthy, state Rep. Liz Malia and state Sen. Mike Rush:
Green Monsta beer is local beer and local beer is fresh:
They left the hook - which in its day could hold 25 tons:
Long boarded-up windows have been replaced:
The main doors are 18 feet high and 6 1/2 feet wide:
Plenty of space for a restaurant:
Keytar Beer Bear: