New Pick­led Her­ring tak­ing shape

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

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.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

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