A train station can take on a new meaning when there’s award-winning craft beer and themed cocktails such as Loco Motives and Hot Cabooses.
By Georgetta L. Morque
A train station can take on a new meaning when there’s award-winning craft beer and themed cocktails such as Loco Motives and Hot Cabooses. The new Port Chester Hall and Beer Garden in the historic train station one stop north of Rye debuted this month. The lively spot is owned and operated by Heartland Brewery Holdings.
At the June 3 opening party an enthusiastic crowd gathered both inside the Hall and outside at the Beer Garden and Pavilion, where two 20-foot tall custom stone fireplaces surround communal tables and outdoor lounge seating. Guests enjoyed menu samples of fish tacos, Kobe beef sliders, and bite-size tastes of warm giant pretzels, as well as libations from the full bar with its ten house beers brewed in Heartland’s Brooklyn Brewery and only available at the Hall and the company’s sister Halls in New York City and Houston.
Many details of the original 1890 station have been preserved and enhanced during extensive renovations. Authentic furnishings, original murals, a steel-wheeled hay wagon stacked with beer barrels and historic beer steins are some of the unique elements of the 19th-century décor and ambiance. The ticket booth, mosaic and stone floor, and ceiling have all been refurbished.
While capturing a feel for the past, Port Chester Hall is fully modernized with a big screen TV at the bar for catching up on sports, plus heaters and roll-down walls to winterize the outdoor space for year-round fun.
Make this station a stop for a visit soon. The kitchen, with its selection of salads, burgers, sides, and entrees, such as bacon and chicken mac n’ cheese, Shepherd’s pie, and sesame-seared ahi tuna, serves dinner and offers late night dining seven days a week and lunch on weekends. Parking is available in the commuter lot. Call 305-8383 or visit portchesterhall .com for more information.