New Pickled Herring taking shape
While I was out and about ... I stopped by 26 N. Main St. in downtown North East on Tuesday to check on the progress of its transformation from a laundromat to a future restaurant and bar to be called The Pickled Herring Station 26, or a similar name that pays homage to the first home of North East Volunteer Fire Company.
Owner Kevin McDevitt tells me that in 1922 the front part of the current building was used by North East Fire Company to house its equipment with direct access to Main Street. The fire company moved to its current location on Mauldin Street in 1955.
Throughout the years, the building has been expanded and used for other purposes, including its most recent use as a laundromat.
McDevitt, who closed down his Pickled Herring Pub located at the rear of West Street Village several months ago, hopes to be able to open the new facility by late spring.
He is in the midst of a large renovation project that must pass a series of inspections before he can set his opening date.
What I can say about this project, is that it will have a “firehouse” theme carried through the interior, which includes a bar, dining area with room for a live band, a separate lounge with a pool table, and front porch outdoor tables.
“My daughter Christie (McDevitt) is helping me with the décor,” he said. “She has lots of ideas.”
The second phase of his project will include a rooftop deck with seating for 50 and a grill for cooking.
The restaurant and bar will accommodate seats for 105 patrons, allowing for an additional 50 seats when the second phase is done, bringing the total capacity to 155.
Meanwhile, keep your eye on the progress.
*** Tuesday, April 26, is tional Pretzel Day.
That means that Philly Pretzel Factory at 229 S. Bridge St. in Elkton will be giving each customer who comes into the store a free
Na- soft pretzel. In addition, the first 100 folks in line also receive a card to redeem a free pretzel every day for the month of May.
So, don’t forget, while you’re out voting for party nominees in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday — stop by Philly Pretzel for your freebie. Yum, yum.
*** Now that the weather has improved and spring really seems to have arrived, many folks are doing a bit of spring cleaning in their yards, sheds and garages.
So, it’s perfect timing for Cecil County government to host its Household Hazardous Waste Day this Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Central Landfill on Route 7 in Elkton.
This is a free event for all Cecil County residents to allow them to dispose of items such as gasoline, medications, oil-based stains, mercury, paint thinner, insecticides, pool chemicals, household chemicals, motor oil, latex paint, batteries, propane tanks, fluorescent lamps and more.
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Construction of a new restaurant and bar, which will pay homage to the former North East firehouse, is underway at 26 N. Main St. in North East.