A new bar will land in East Boston soon, bringing with it taps full of local craft beer, a wide variety of whiskeys, and a pub-style menu. Renegades Pub (spelled “Renegade’s” on signage but “Renegades” on social media accounts) took over the former Victory Pub space at 1004 Bennington St. in Orient Heights Square, and the team behind it just has to to clear a few final inspection hurdles before the restaurant can open. (See 5/16 update below.)
Peter Ackerman, who owns two locations of Salvatore’s Restaurant (in the Seaport and downtown Boston), Greg Weinstock, and Ryan Pozerycki are the partners behind the complete renovation of the pub, which received support from the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council last year, as previously reported.
The bar will have 10 draft lines that will rotate through beers produced within 250 miles of Boston, Weinstock told Eater, plus an additional 35 bottles and cans. There will also be just under 30 different whiskeys available and a lineup of craft cocktails. The first rotation of draft beers at Renegades includes Lord Hobo’s Hobo Life, Bent Water’s Acid Courage, and Narragansett, which will be a permanent fixture on the draft menu.
Alongside the bar offerings, the food menu at Renegades will include burgers in the $6 to $7 range, sandwiches, and some appetizers, with the kitchen staying open as late as the bar does, until 1 a.m. “It’s the stuff you wanna eat when you’re having a few drinks,” Weinstock said. “This is a place where you can come get a drink, grab a bite.”
The restaurant will seat 35 at the bar and tables, and Weinstock estimated the capacity at about 50 with people standing. “It’s cozy,” he said. With a 1 a.m. closing time, Renegades provides a late-night dining option for the neighborhood, while being respectful of the bar’s neighbors, who preferred the slightly earlier hour to a 2 a.m. close, according to Weinstock.
Renegades has its building and fire inspections scheduled, and if everything goes smoothly, the bar could open by the end of next week.