SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A restaurant serving Italian specialties, wine, and local craft beer has been announced as the final retail tenant on the main concourse of Springfield’s soon-to-reopen Union Station.
The city announced Wednesday that “The Whistle Stop,” which is being opened by Carlo Bonavita of TP&B Inc., was named after an original restaurant that formerly operated at Union Station. The restaurant will occupy a 1,107 square-foot space, and will offer diners the chance to eat-in, or take their food with them.
The Whistle Stop joins Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, and a convenience store along the main concourse.
“The roster of tenants that have already signed-on at Union Station before we’ve even opened the doors has been impressive,” Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said in a news release sent to 22News. “The future of the building as an active intermodal transit center is bright, and we look forward to additional tenant signings in the near future.”
“After coming back to Union Station and seeing the job that was done here by the city of Springfield, Richard Neal, the SRA (Springfield Redevelopment Authority) and everyone: they’ve done a great job here and I felt a connection. I honestly felt a connection and said ‘I think it’s time we came back into Springfield,’ because that is a first class renovation,” Bonavita said.
Springfield-based bus carrier Peter Pan and Greyhound have both partnered with Union Station to run inter-city bus service out of the transportation center, local bus service will be provided out of Union Station by the PVTA. Amtrak service will also operate out of the building, with commuter rail service to Hartford, New Haven, and points south to be available in the future.
Union Station is scheduled to open to the public in late June.
While the Whistle Stop has taken the last available retail space along the main concourse, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is still looking for tenants for a commercial space facing Dwight Street, as well as office tenants for the upper floors.