Iron Hill Rising

By Dave Buffington

Proposed brewpub 
Image: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Proposed brewpub Image: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Downtown Brewpub

A brewpub will finally, officially join the lineup of restaurants in the new Hershey Towne Square. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has announced that it will open a location in the West Chocolate Avenue complex surrounding the old post office site.

In 2015, when the project was known as the Hershey Downtown Center, an Appalachian Brewing Company branch was expected to come to the site. However, the original developer floundered with financial problems, and in 2017, the new developer – RVG aka Hershey DTC – told The Sun that Appalachian Brewing Company was “not actively in the mix” as a potential tenant.

Iron Hill opened its first brewpub in Newark, Del. in 1996 and currently operates 12 restaurants in Deleware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It expects to open its Hershey location in “late 2018/early 2019” along with other new locations in Philadelphia, Rehoboth Beach and Greenville, S.C.

Here is the text of the announcement:

Founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies announce they have signed a lease for their 10th Pennsylvania location of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Iron Hill) at West Chocolate Ave in the newly constructed Hershey Towne Square. With an anticipated opening date in late 2018/early 2019, Iron Hill Hershey is located just east of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, and will enhance Iron Hill’s reputation as one of the region’s outstanding families of brewery/restaurants.

Located in the heart of downtown Hershey, the restaurant/ brewery is only a four-minute drive from Hersheypark and nearby ZooAmerica. The 9,000-square foot space is the largest in Hershey Towne Square and will house an on-site brewing facility and seating for up to 290 including a bar area and additional outdoor space.

Iron Hill Hershey will join in the amusements, worldclass golf courses, museums, and outlet shopping at one of Pennsylvania’s most popular tourist destinations. “The Sweetest Place on Earth” will get a bit tastier as Iron Hill brings its from-scratch foods and award-winning beers to the area.

“Iron Hill is thrilled to open our 10th Pennsylvania store in Hershey in 2019,” said Kevin Finn, co-founder of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. “It’s an exciting place to expand, and share our passion for our scratch kitchen and craft brewery. With over 10 million visitors to Hershey per year, we look forward to expanding dining and drinking opportunities in one of the region’s most visited areas.”

Iron Hill will be joining Starbucks and Primanti Bros. at Hershey Towne Square, the new mixed-use development conveniently positioned along West Chocolate Avenue (Rt. 422) and Ridge Road which is considered to be “Main & Main” in Hershey, PA. The project includes a retail center and a 60,000-square foot, multi-story office building. Hershey Towne Square sits less than 1 mile from Hersheypark, Hershey’s Chocolate World and surrounding destinations.

“We are thrilled Iron Hill will join us as an anchor tenant in our new development project. Looking at both the local resident base and annual tourist flow in Hershey, the broad appeal of Iron Hill’s menu and commitment to high quality ingredients and service make them the perfect complement to the project,” explains Ed Fetter, Senior Vice President of RVG Management & Development Co.

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