Boston, MA– Commuter rail patrons have long since learned to forgive the management of North Station, for they know not what they do. Between circumventing the disorganized queues of TD Garden ticket holders, contending with the inevitably delayed—if not altogether cancelled—trains, and construction detours that eventually lead… somewhere (at least you hope), you can be forgiven for being led to drink. And you know exactly where to go. That miniscule little pen whose name nobody seems to know; whose name nobody wants to know; and whose name is frankly so irrelevant you’ve lost track of how many times they’ve changed management over the last five years.
Until now, at least.
Framingham-based local brewery Jack’s Abby first announced their plans to develop a revitalized tap room in lieu of the anonymous corner bar on the MBTA platform back in November, piquing the interest of both commuters and pre-game event-goers whose choices of watering holes in the Golden Triangle seem to be growing excessively limited. It was initially suspected by many that final approval from both the MBTA and TD Garden might be contingent on the completion of recent construction which seemed never-ending.
Friday, however, marked the full opening of Jack’s Abby Track Zero, providing a full ten taps of Jack’s core offerings (including Hoponius Union, Blood Orange Wheat and their award-winning house lager) alongside limited offerings from their Springdale offshoot—a more inventive and experimental series, described by the brewery as an outlet to allow the “ancient alchemy between beer and oak work its slow magic.”
“When TD Garden approached us to take over the branding at the North Station Bar, we jumped at the chance. Based in Framingham, we’re always looking for ways to connect with new locals. We’re really excited about this partnership,” said Jack’s Abby co-owner Sam Hendler in a press release earlier this week.
The 28-foot bar consists of 32 seats with ample standing space and is decorated with black and white photographs of their brewhouse. But customers who are expecting a full scale menu at Track Zero will still have to make the journey to their flagship beer hall in Framingham. At the moment, the food offerings at the tap room are limited to soft pretzels, soups, wraps and salads.
“We are excited to partner with local businesses like Jack’s Abby to bring great, authentic products to all those passing through our unique, transit-oriented location,” stated TD Garden general manager Tim Townsell.
A unique, transit-oriented location. That’s funny—for a second, you might have thought it was a train station.
Track Zero is located at 135 Causeway St in Boston inside the TD Garden/North Station MBTA Commuter Rail and is open for regular hours Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, with the exception of TD Garden events. Event hours are Monday - Friday from 11:00 am - 10:30 pm, and on weekends from three hours prior to an event until one hour after. For more information and event schedules, follow Track Zero on Twitter @TrackZeroBoston