Travelers entering South Station will now be greeted with a new sight: A freshly minted Tavern in the Square, smack-dab in the middle of the atrium.
Finally. A watering hole for the woebegone commuter.
Tavern in the Square announced last year that the company would be expanding its brand into South Station. For months, workers performed construction on the back side of the existing Starbucks kiosk to get the location ready.
This week, the blinders came down to reveal the new space, though staff are still putting on the finishing touches. It is expected to open early next week, said Mike Minichello, a manager of Tavern in the Square.
The space features about 40 seats — some lined up at the bar, and some arranged around small two-person tables. The seating area is surrounded by a high fence that helps to shield customers from the hustle and bustle of passing travelers, ostensibly to make bar-goers feel less like they’re in . . . a train station.
The place will have at least 30 beers on tap and perhaps most importantly, four big-screen TVs — totally clutch for when train station arrivals coincide with the closing minutes of a major sporting event.
The new location prompted some enthusiasm on Twitter.
“Really pumped for the new Tavern in the Square at South Station,” wrote one user. “I feel like I’m going to miss a lot of trains now.”Martine Powers can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.