Reading's Franklin Street Station gets new life as brewpub

 

Reflections of the past meet the present at the new Franklin Station Pub in downtown Reading.

Maxatawny Township-based Saucony Creek Brewing Company's second location is now open at the Franklin Street Station.

"I would say they don't build buildings like this anymore," said Kirby Powell, co-owner of Saucony Creek Brewing Company.

"We make everything farm to plate," said Robin Pritz, the pub's general manager. "Everything is sourced locally,"

Both outside and inside, evidence of the building's past remains.

"We took a lot of care in making sure that we didn't disturb the historic value of the building," said Powell.

The station saw the end of passenger rail service in 1981. Local historian George Meiser IX said it was the city's hub for a long time.

"There were 3,000 people at the opening in 1930, when they opened that," said Meiser. "That's where you went to go to Philadelphia or elsewhere."

Some of the images from that bygone era touch the heart. Meiser said the station's legacy will keep chugging along.

"You can't walk in there and not be impressed," said Meiser.

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