By SHARON ROTHMAN
For the Pocono Record
January 29, 2012
It”s one thing to open a business; it”s another to move one; and it”s an entirely different matter to move a building.
After a fire gutted East Stroudsburg landmark Dansbury Depot on Oct. 26, 2009, developer Troy Nauman bought the building and moved it across the tracks and built the new building at 50 Crystal St.
Trackside Station Grill and Bar had a soft opening this past week along with Liquid Bar, which was relocated from Main Street in Stroudsburg into the rebuilt depot.
“The move went very well and was done quickly,” said Greg Fiore, the general manager of the businesses with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. “It was a lot better than I anticipated. The project was expected to be done in February, but construction was even ahead of schedule.”
Fiore, who had worked with Nauman at Liquid”s previous location, said Liquid”s staff and 15 new employees of Trackside helped with the opening of both businesses. And Liquid, likewise, looks inside like it was moved intact from its prior location with the same look, the same tables and bar seating, fireplace, booths and chandelier.
Chef Linda Boesz handles the kitchen for both businesses after spending the past year at Liquid”s prior location.
“It”s great to keep going in a new direction,” Boesz said. “I like keeping things a little different and look forward to the continual growth of both.”
She explained that the changeover was “very physical and took only two days, but I love the challenge of it.” Her new kitchen has almost doubled in space from what she had and gave the imaginative chef room to be online casinos inspired with the new menu.
Trackside customers can enjoy a variety of homespun favorites. Starters include regionally inspired favorites like Kettle Corn With house-made vanilla-caramel dipping sauce, Twisted Spud (continuous potato chip twisted on a spiral), Steamtown Sliders that includes three slow roasted pulled pork sandwiches and Derailed Wings with 10 choices of sauces. There is a wide selection of salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and burgers with all veggie Farmers Market Flatbread, Artesian Grilled Cheese Sandwich and six unique burgers.
Entrees include homespun favorites such as chicken and waffles and Puffer Belly Pot Pie. Those prices range up to $12 while choices of select steaks and fish entrees are understandably higher.
Sleek, streamlined and covered with riveted stainless steel, the bar has more than 50 selections of bottled beer in addition to 14 seasonal style draft choices with a selection of Pennsylvania favorites as well as choice microbrews. Fiore, who chose the beers and a distinctive cocktail list, said he tries to listen to and meet the preferences of his patrons, “We will always be changing the taps to keep the seasonality as well as adding probably 20 more beers,” Fiore said.
Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner, Trackside is open on Monday at 4 p.m. and the rest of the week at 11 a.m.