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By adamg - 7/1/20 - 11:31 pm

Turtle Swamp Brewing announced today that it's re-opening its beer hall in the Roslindale Substation on Friday, noon to 10 p.m., but with more limited capacity, so it's suggesting calling ahead for reservations.

By adamg - 1/3/20 - 12:00 pm
Workhub sign going up

Co-working sign going up. Photo by Adam Rogoff.

Roslindale Village Main Street reports the Roslindale substation just got a new tenant: A co-working space called Workhub at the Substation.

It's in the basement, where the Craft Beer Cellar used to be, below the Turtle Swamp beer hall.

By adamg - 9/14/19 - 12:48 pm
New window at Roslndale substation

Michael Moniz enjoyed the view from the Roslindale substation towards Adams Park this morning after Historic Boston, Roslindale Village Main Street and Turtle Swamp Brewing formally dedicated the new windows that replaced decades worth of plywood on the Washington Street side of the former trolley substation in Roslindale Square.

By adamg - 8/28/19 - 2:08 pm
Windows going in at Rosslindale substation

Workers have been busy this week installing a $30,000 set of glass panes to replace the plywood boards that long blocked light from getting into the front of the old trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway in Roslindale Square. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/19 - 1:28 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved changing the main formal use of the Roslindale Square Substation from a restaurant to a beer garden, which will let Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain keep operating there on a more permanent basis.

Turtle Swamp owner John Lincecum says he already has some plans for the space - and the square itself - as big as the new window he hopes to have installed this summer ... Read more.

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By adamg - 4/30/19 - 8:01 pm

Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain is looking to obtain a zoning change that would let its current seasonal beer hall at the Roslindale Square Substation stay open permanently. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/19 - 10:38 pm

Roslindale Craft Beer Cellar owner Bryan Reeves announced today he's shutting his store in the basement of the Roslindale Square substation. Reeves says he will stay open as long as he still has stock left - which he'll be discounting 25% starting Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/18 - 12:45 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street announced today that Jamaica Plain's Turtle Swamp Brewing will open a beer hall in the Roslindale Substation at Cummins Highway and Washington Street. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/17 - 10:07 am

Trillium Brewing of Fort Point will be opening a winter beer garden in the almost completely renovated trolley substation in Roslindale Square, the company and Roslindale Village Main Street announced today. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/17 - 9:33 pm
Projecting a pro-immigrant, anti-Trump message on the Roslindale substation

Adam Rogoff reports somebody was projecting this pro-immigrant message on the old substation in Roslindale Square tonight, apparently to test out how it would work for a protest somewhere else.

By adamg - 9/18/17 - 3:53 pm
Substation interior

The space back in January, when the Craft Beer Cellar opened underneath.

Roslindale Village Main Street reports that chef Chris Douglass has ended his plans for a restaurant in the old trolley substation in Roslindale Square. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/17 - 12:14 pm

The Bulletin reports the Third Rail, chef Chris Douglass's restaurant in the giant old trolley-substation space in Roslindale Square, is taking longer than expected because of unspecified issues related to the fact that the structure is officially a historic landmark. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/17 - 2:43 pm
Selling craft beer in the substation basement

Making a sale in the substation.

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. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/15 - 8:00 am
Inside the Roslindale Substation

Mark Katz went on a tour of the old trolley substation in Roslindale Square yesterday, led by Roslindale Village Main Street and Historic Boston, which now owns the long dormant hulk.

He reports the substation's renovation begins in earnest next month as workers ready the space for a restaurant by Chris Douglass (owner of Ashmont Grille and Tavolo in Dorchester) and a craft beer store.

Craft Beer Cellar, in fact, hopes to open by the end of the year, with Douglass's Third Rail scheduled for a spring opening, he says.

By adamg - 3/11/15 - 7:01 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street reports a pair of Roslindale residents have signed a letter of intent to open a Craft Beer Cellar in the rehabbed trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway - the same building where Chris Douglass, owner of Tavolo and Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, plans to open a restaurant.

By adamg - 3/31/14 - 11:00 am

Wicked Local Roslindale reports on progress to turn the hulking old trolley substation at Washington and Cummins into a restaurant wrapped with new housing.

By adamg - 2/1/13 - 7:57 am

Possible new housing on Washington Street.Between the substation and the office building where the gas station used to be.

Roslindale Village Main Street and Historic Boston showed off their latest plans for the old trolley substation the other night. More than 300 people attended and heard plans to turn the substation into a restaurant and to tear down the funeral home next door and build 40 housing units there and atop part of the funeral home's parking lot on Cummins Highway.

Possible renderings and site plans (subject to BRA review) | Basic project background

View from far side of Adams Park. Hey, when did they decide to take the fences out?View from far side of Adams Park. Hey, when did they decide to take the fences out?

By adamg - 12/13/12 - 8:38 am

Two non-profits that have been trying to turn the hulking brick husk of an old trolley substation in Roslindale Square into something useable say they now want to buy the funeral home next door for housing.

In an e-mail update this morning, Steve Gag and Stephanie Cave of Roslindale Village Main Street say the FJ Higgins Funeral Home on Washington Street is now up for sale - and that the Higgins family has agreed to give the group and Historic Boston first dibs on the property as the family prepares to move the funeral home to a new location.

By adamg - 4/9/11 - 1:40 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street had an open house at the hulking edifice in Roslindale Square, in part to solicit ideas on what to to with it. The BRA, which owns the long unused structure, has given the group and Historic Boston a year to come up with a plan. Even without giant transformers, it remains a fascinating - and dangerous - place to explore: One guide had to keep shooing me away from flimsy planks covering holes. It's two levels full of mysterious objects and spaces.

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