Carrie Rengers

Pour House to open at Union Station — and Rock Island Depot

Walnut River Brewing Co. partners Rick Goehring, from left, B.J. Hunt and Travis Rohrberg are opening Pour House later this year at Union Station. Or, more specifically, the tap house will be at the Rock Island Depot at Union Station.
Walnut River Brewing Co. partners Rick Goehring, from left, B.J. Hunt and Travis Rohrberg are opening Pour House later this year at Union Station. Or, more specifically, the tap house will be at the Rock Island Depot at Union Station. Bo Rader/File photo

A reader who says he's concerned about historical accuracy e-mailed after seeing Have You Heard's story on the new Pour House tap house that Walnut River Brewing Co. is opening at Union Station downtown.

He notes that the photo shows the Rock Island Depot, not Union Station, and that he and other "railfans" consider that "a major blooper."

However, Union Station developer Occidental Management doesn't see it that way.

"We look at it as all of Union Station, which is all of the buildings on that 10-acre site," says Chad Stafford, Occidental president.

He says that the Occidental staff does, though, sometimes use names of individual buildings.

"We do that just internally so we know what building we're talking about," Stafford says. Otherwise, when discussing a possible deal, he says they'll say, "Hey, we've got somebody interested in Union Station."

Occidental broker Charlie King and J.P. Weigand & Sons broker Kristin Stang handled the Pour House deal where Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro used to be.

"Obviously, we're excited that they're coming to town," Stafford says of Walnut River Brewing.

"It brings phase one of Union Station back up to 100 percent occupancy, which we're thrilled about."

Occidental is now working on phase two, which is renovation of the terminal building or, as Stafford puts it, "What most people consider Union Station."

The Faneuil call center will open at the building early next year.

This phase also includes renovation of the former express building, which is where freight use to come in and be stored. Occidental is adding a second story to the building, and Jenny Dawn Cellars will open there in April.

Phase three will include a new parking garage and a new 30,000-square-foot mixed-use building on the south end of the development.

Look for updates as work progresses.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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