Posted at: 07/25/2014 6:02 PM
Updated at: 07/25/2014 10:22 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
Duluth's first cider house is now open in a piece of history sitting in Canal Park.
The same group behind Fitger's Brewhouse, Tycoon's Alehouse and Burrito Union, is behind Endion Station and they're bringing the history of the old train depot back to life.
From the Lakewalk you may have seen the historic building and wondered what was inside. As of Friday, you can now go inside and grab a pint.
But way before Endion Station became a cider house, it was a bustling train depot.
"It sat on the eastside of Duluth and hauled passengers and logs for many years," said Brad Nelson with Fitger's Brewhouse.
Dan Russell, the executive director at the DECC, remembers moving the station from the eastside to Canal Park back in 1986.
"It was my old office for five years," he said.
Russell spent quite some time in the building and he said it was sad to see it sit empty for a few years, but now he sees a bright future.
"There was just so much history, it was so much fun. I actually had the upstairs with a balcony and I knew when I left this office for the DECC that this was the best office I was ever going to have," said Russell.
The group that owns Fitger's Brewhouse bought the building from the city two years ago. You will see their familiar brews on tap, but also something new.
"We're doing the hard ciders. We have 12 hard ciders on and...those are made with art, they aren't just pumped through a machine," said owner Rod Raymond.
It is the group's fifth location, including the Red Star Lounge, and Nelson said it is likely their last.
He calls Endion Station their exclamation point.
"It's in Canal Park and that's a great location for us to be with our craft beers and craft ciders, but it's also such an amazing building in and of itself," said Nelson.
This opening weekend Endion Station is open at 3 p.m. Their regular hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. with the kitchen closing at 11 p.m.