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Substation Tenant Update


It is with disappointment that we share the news that restaurateur Chris Douglass no longer plans to open his Third Rail restaurant concept in the Roslindale Substation.

While we are sorry that our partnership with Chris comes to an end, we are confident that the Roslindale Substation -- with its unique interior space, historic character, and prominent location in vibrant Roslindale Village -- will appeal to another commercial concept, including restaurants and microbreweries. Roslindale Village Main Street, Historic Boston Inc., and Peregrine Group, LLC are moving aggressively to secure a new tenant that fits best within the business district. In the meantime, the restored interior space of the Substation will host community pop-up events and temporary uses. The Roslindale community can already look forward to a Halloween Film Series in the Substation in October. Several pop-up concepts (including art and holiday-themed) are in the works as well.

The long road to the Roslindale Substation’s redevelopment is one of the great success stories of this neighborhood. The building, which was vacant since 1971, has been restored in great detail, and mechanically upgraded for commercial uses in accordance with federal and state standards. The corner of Cummins Highway and Washington Street is substantially transformed by a handsome structure, and 43 new housing units, all of which enhance the architectural fabric and vibrancy of Roslindale’s commercial and civic center. Once the main floor interior is built out for a tenant, a large glass window will be installed within the majestic opening on the front facade facing Adams Park, completing the historic rehabilitation. To learn more about the project’s redevelopment click here.

Craft Beer Cellar continues to operate in the ground level of the Substation, offering a wide selection of over 500 types of beer, cider and sake to Roslindale. We encourage our fellow residents to patronize this fantastic business, proudly owned and managed by a Roslindale resident.  

Tenant inquiries and ideas may be directed to substation@roslindale.net.


Roslindale Village Main Street
Historic Boston, Inc.
Peregrine Group, LLC