Pigtown Ale House Looks to Bring Neighborhood Restaurant to Pigtown

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

photo“In Pigtown, there are places to eat and there are places to drink, but they are not always combined,” said Mike Felner, who will be the owner of Pigtown Ale House at 1415 Washington Blvd. Felner, a Reservoir Hill resident who has owned property in Pigtown for about 10 years, recently purchased the former Carroll Station at an auction in July.

Felner is hoping Pigtown Ale House will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar that will be welcoming to residents, old and new, as well as the players in sport leagues at adjacent Carroll Park and the many workers at local businesses such as MTA, Second Chance, Housewerks, and the many at Montgomery Park.

The menu at Pigtown Ale House will focus on ‘burgers, beers, brats and breasts.’  This includes gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches, as well traditional appetizers and some with ‘flair.’  Felner hopes to carry six to twelve beers on tap, as well as many bottled options.

Felner is still in the process of closing the transaction on the property as it was a foreclosure proceeding, but plans about two months of renovations once the sale is finalized. The renovations will include refinishing the hardwood floors, an extensive paint job and significant kitchen improvements. Felner is planning for an outdoor patio and is hoping to eventually get zoning approval for second-story dining and a second-story deck, where he’d like to have dart boards and a shuffle board table. The pool table will likely remain on the main floor.

Felner is hoping to open Pigtown Ale House around March 1st.

With 15-plus years of experience in real estate and property management, as well as restaurant experience, Felner is ready to dive head first into owning a restaurant. He will be the primary manager and is in talks with chefs and cooks. Felner is hoping to employ about four to six people per day during the week and up to 10 on the weekend, creating up to 40 full and part time jobs.

As to what lured Felner to Pigtown, he cited a close relationship and small advisory role with the owners of Mobtown Ballroom, as well as his experience being a property owner in the neighborhood. “I see a lot of potential in this location and the residents sound really excited,” said Felner.

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