Where once was a moody cocktail bar — and before that, a mortuary — now rises foamy heads of hoppy goodness. With 30 and then some beers on tap, The Pine Box debuted for industry types and those adventurous enough to pretend they were invited Tuesday night on Melrose Ave. Partners Ian Roberts, Dean Hudgins and Mark Eskridge held court — you’ll find the happy trio in the pictures below — as friends and associates put the new beer hall to work. Hard work, that is.
“I’m not sure people know how much work goes into this,” Roberts said to CHS about the effort to transform the space the Chapel called home for eight years into a public house. The work was, apparently, worth it — the transformation is complete.
In the Chapel’s place, you’ll find a long bar with an equally long set of tap pulls. A line of old church pews provide table space as does the seating provided above in the still-utilized mezzanine. The kitchen is new, however. The Pine Box provides a selection of pizzas to go along with the beer and “brown liquor” it serves.
We can’t tell you much about the liquor and we can barely begin to tell you much about the beer. When the selection includes eight different IPAs listed on the roster (displayed on digital screens above the bar), you know you’re operating in a higher league of beer consumption. Best to turn things over to the experts. You can learn more about the beer and when, exactly, the new place will be open to the public on The Pine Box’s Facebook page. The official opening is next week — but watch for a quiet-er opening any day now.
All images: Suzi Pratt for CHS