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Industry Public House, Lawrenceville's newest restaurant and bar, now open

Craft beer, quality whiskey, and American comfort food are the offerings of Lawrenceville’s newest bar and restaurant, Industry Public House

The restaurant takes its name from the neighborhood’s industrial legacy, and has developed a décor to match.  The interior features exposed brick, machinery throughout, Edison bulbs, and tables made of steel I-beams and butcher-block tops.  Located in a former retail space on Butler Street, Industry's large interior seats up to 100.

Manager Adrian Van Balen says Industry’s menu gives a gourmet twist to classic comfort food.  Starters include a black stout onion soup; pork, lobster, and pot roast sliders; a variety of flat-breads; and wild boar bacon.  Other offerings include salads and sandwiches, as well as a 12 oz ribeye, lobster mac and cheese, and pan seared salmon.

And like other gastropubs, Industry puts a lot of energy into creating a unique menu of burgers, like the Farm House, with shaved honey glazed ham and a fried egg; the Worker Burgher, with red onion marmalade, caramelized wild mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese; and the Caribbean Burgher, a blend of fresh pork, chorizo sausage, with a jerk a BBQ baste and sweet pineapple calypso mojo.

Industry’s owners also operate Elixir Ultra Lounge, and 1311, a sports bar, both on the South Side.  Executive Chef Wade Chambers joins the restaurant after his most recent position at The Porch at Schenley, in Oakland.

The bar has 40 craft beers on tap, 60 in bottle, and just as many varieties of whiskey.  The Industry Public House IPA and Industry Copper Ale are brewed exclusively for the restaurant by Full Pint Brewing Company, of North Versailles, PA. 

Van Balen says he hopes Industry will stand out for its unique, hand-crafted cocktails, including the popular Smoke Stack, which infuses wood smoke in whiskey, along with a list of other industrial-themed drinks like the Blast Furnace, Tesla’s Coil, and Robber Barron.

Industry Public House is located at 4305 Butler Street, in Lawrenceville, and open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Adrian Van Balen
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