The original location of New York mini-chain Heartland Brewery is slated to close on January 1. The Post reports that the building at 35 Union Square West has a new owner who is asking for more than the Heartland team can afford to pay. Owner Jon Bloostein says that when he opened the pub in 1994, the rent was $150,000 a year, but now the new landlord is asking for about $2 million a year.
Bloostein still operates several other locations of Heartland Brewery, plus newer taverns Houston Hall and Flatiron Hall, and he has some other projects in the works. The restaurateur explains: "We're opening a beer hall and beer garden — Port Chester Hall — at the Port Chester railroad station...People can take Metro North and not have to drive."
· Closing time at Union Square's Heartland Brewery [NYP]
· All Coverage of Heartland Brewery [~ENY~]
[Photo: Heartland Brewery]