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This is What We Need Downtown

June 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

A post on Twitter from my former colleagues at the York Dispatch* caught my eye. The headline of the story is “New pub to open downtown in National House.”

They are, of course, talking about downtown York, but when I read the story, I felt really jealous something like this hasn’t opened in Hanover.

When Scott Eden was scouting locations for his new bar, he saw downtown York as an untapped market.

The corporate tax attorney turned pub owner said he knew his Holy Hound Taproom, which is set to open at noon Monday, wouldn’t harmonize with a strip mall or in any old shopping plaza.

With 30 craft beers on tap and cheap, local food at the ready, Eden found a home for his bar inside the historic National House at the corner of Market and Beaver streets.

Built in 1828 as a hotel, the National House once hosted Charles Dickens and President Martin Van Buren, according to local history.

Eden has transformed a 2,140-square-foot space on the first floor of that old hotel into a modern bar in the heart of the city.

A historic building turned into a bar/restaurant in the heart of downtown? With lots of good craft beer? In the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.

To twist the knife, Eden will employ Bobbi Millheim, a former KClinger’s employee and bought old church pews from a Hanover church to use as benches along the back wall of the interior. It’s like he took the dreams I have for when I win the lottery and stole them. Hopefully someone will take a chance on something like this in downtown Hanover.

* – To be fair, my friends over at the Daily Record had this story back in the fall, but the Dispatch caught my eye with the updated news.

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