September 28, 2017 Roslindale Substation Veers from The Third Rail
After several years of planning and anticipation, restaurateur Chris Douglass announced in late September that he has decided against opening his long awaited Third Rail restaurant in the newly-restored Roslindale Substation.
Changes in Douglass’ personal and professional plans precipitated this change. Historic Boston, Roslindale Village Main Street and developer Peregrine Group LLC are disappointed by the news but remain optimistic about the building’s prospects.
“The Roslindale Substation is a beautifully restored building at a completely transformed corner of Roslindale Village” said HBI’s Executive Director, Kathy Kottaridis. “While we were excited by Chris’ plans, our partners are talking with several possible tenants and expect the public will soon be enjoying the soaring interior of this three-story building.”
The historic 1911 building, once a switching station for the MBTA’s streetcars, was completed in December of 2016. It is surrounded by 43 units of housing, developed as part of the same development by Peregrine Group LLC. Craft Beer Cellar, owned and operated by Roslindale resident Brian Reeves, opened on the lower floor of the renovated Substation in 2016.