Omnivore - Restaurant coming to historic depot

If you're one of the multitudes who've driven past the vacant railroad depot on Memorial Drive across from the Glenwood Connector and thought, "That'd be a great place for a restaurant," you're on your way to getting your wish.

After nearly a year of waiting for utility upgrades and miscellaneous permits, the Atlanta-based NNNW restaurant group — owner of the nearby Vickery's in Glenwood Park, as well as Highland Tap and the soon-to-close Steamhouse Lounge — plans to open another of its trademark casual, moderately priced bar and grills.

The old Atlanta and West Point Railroad freight depot, built about a century ago on the edge of Reynoldstown, has sat empty for years, even as residential development rose up on both sides.

An NNNW spokeswoman says that although the menu is still being fine-tuned, the restaurant will feature an oyster bar and a double-sided bar to serve both inside and patio customers. One side of the shotgun building will be largely opened up to allow inside diners a view of the expansive, partly covered patio, which will have a large fountain.

The interior will have a wood-burning stove and period details to give the place an "Old World bar feel," the spokeswoman adds. The restaurant, which has no name yet, will likely have about a dozen beers on tap.

The target opening date is somewhere around Sept. 1.

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