After almost 20 years in business, Heartland Brewery has closed the doors of its Union Square outpost. It’s the original location of the Manhattan based brewpub chain, owned by Jon Bloostein. Grub Street reports that the closing is due to skyrocketing rents.
The 35 Union Square West spot was at one point the central brewing location for the brewpub chain. In 2003 Bloostein opened up Greenpoint Beer Works in Brooklyn, headed by Kelly Taylor, moving brewing operations there for the entire chain. There’s still opportunity to enjoy Heartland Brewery beers and eats in Midtown, with its locations in Times Square, Empire State Building and Midtown West.
The closing of Heartland’s Union Square location comes on the heels of Chelsea Brewing closing its operation at Chelsea Piers. While both brands will continue brewing and serving beer, the closings of these two Manhattan beer fixtures highlight the movement toward the outer boroughs, where breweries and bars serving good beer are opening at an fast pace.
Photo from Grub Street.