SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Syracuse has welcomed its first self-serve beer hall, Harvey’s Garden.
A vacant warehouse turned family friendly gathering spot was designed in memory of Syracuse’s first mayor, Harvey Baldwin. Over 100 years ago, he saw the city of Syracuse covered in “hanging gardens,” and a beer hall and food truck park has been created in honor of it.
While there have been facilities that have had rent kegs and rent your own tap systems before, general manager Ryan Sahm said there’s no where for a customer can walk up to a wall and pour 24 different taps on their own.
To get a drink, start a tab at the register and check the back of the card they give you. After you grab a glass, place your card into the card reader. Angle your glass at a 45 degree angle, open the tap all the way and pay for what you pour.
“There’s just really nothing like that in the area,” Sahm said. “And then to pair it with something with like a new concept idea and then as well as a place for a food trucks to come park. It was just like a blend of two different concepts that needed a large space.”
While Harvey’s has a lot of alcohol to choose from inside, you can go outside for some food too. P.B. and J’s Lunchbox is just one of the many food trucks that Harvey’s partners with from the Syracuse Food Truck Association.
Pat Orr, a food truck owner, said her food trucks appeal to many different people.
“It’s successful, and people eat,” Orr said. “They like the novelty of food trucks. We have multiple food trucks come here, so they’re all different food so they can get they can get pretty much different stuff every time they come here.”
Although its winter, Harvey’s is prepared and looking forward to warmer months to come.