Longstanding plans for a restaurant in the Roslindale Substation at 4228 Washington St. fell through, just a week after the neighborhood learned it would not get an anticipated bagel place. Chris Douglass, who operates Ashmont Grill and Tavolo in Dorchester, will no longer open Third Rail in the expansive building in Roslindale, per Roslindale Main Streets.
Details for Third Rail first surfaced in early 2014, and snags in the buildout of the space since then put a damper on the plans. Douglass ran into issues running a new power cable to the space, Universal Hub reported, and will not move forward with opening the restaurant.
The substation, which was constructed in 1911, has been vacant since 1971, and plans to redevelop the historic building included bringing in a location of Craft Beer Cellar, which opened earlier this year.
This is the second blow to Roslindale’s dining community this month. Last week, Exodus Bagels announced new plans for its forthcoming deli and diner, which will now open in Jamaica Plain instead of Roslindale, though the space in Roslindale will remain a commercial kitchen space for the Exodus team. While it could still eventually become a storefront as well, the team will get the forthcoming JP location up and running first.
• Substation Tenant Update [RMS]
• Shocking News: Long Awaited Third Rail Restaurant Is Dead [UH]
• Exodus Bagels Will Open in JP Instead of Roslindale [EBOS]