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Brewery-Inspired Beer Hall Opening Near Columbia University

By Emily Frost | June 24, 2014 5:38pm
 Havana Central closed in late May and will reopen Labor Day weekend as Berheim and Schwartz.
Havana Central closed in late May and will reopen Labor Day weekend as Berheim and Schwartz.
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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — Craft beer chain Heartland Brewery is opening a new beer hall and restaurant on Broadway at West 114th Street that harkens back to the area's sudsy past, its owner said.

The new spot opening Labor Day weekend, which will serve lunch and dinner, is modeled after early 20th century Harlem brewery Bernheimer and Schwartz, explained owner Jon Bloostein.

The 250-seat establishment, at the recently closed Havana Central space, will be called Berheim and Schwartz and is "getting a full facelift," he added.

The main bar area and backyard beer hall will be reminiscent of early-1900s breweries, and patrons won't find any vinyl near the bar or holiday lights underneath liquor bottles, Bloostein said.

"It will feel like a historic restaurant. We’re taking pieces of old restaurants [to decorate]," he said, acknowledging that "Heartland has a reputation of being on the commercial side in vibe."

The Columbia Spectator first reported that Heartland had filed papers with the Department of Buildings for the location.

Along with seven different types of rye whiskey and plenty of beers, the food menu will include a "diverse" mix of eats under the supervision of Heartland chef Richard Pietromonaco, Bloostein said.

Dishes include pastrami reuben spring rolls, tikka masala pot stickers, steak frites and a smoked rib eye sandwich, he explained. 

Bloostein's new venture follows the openings of beer halls in the Flatiron District and West Village over the past two years.

Bloostein could not confirm the exact hours yet but said they would tailor them to what the neighborhood wants. 

Community Board 9 will review the restaurant's liquor license in either July or August.