Image: Courtesy @UniversityDraftHouse/Facebook

Abandoned McAllen pump house being transformed into restaurant and bar

By Bryan Ramos


he city of McAllen is about to get a little more bumpin’.

The former Fireman’s Park Water Purification Plant No. 1, located on the corner of 2nd St. and Business 83, will be undergoing a makeover and transforming into University Draft House McAllen, a restaurant and bar scheduled to open in July 2019.

Fred Harms, part owner of University Draft House in Edinburg and restaurants including Santa Fe Steakhouse, is leasing the building from the city for $1 for 20 years with agreements to invest a minimum of $750,000 in improving the building. Of that amount, the agreement states no less than $550,000 needs to be spent on effective waterproofing, ventilation systems and various other improvements to comply with city code.

Harms estimated he will spend $2-$3 million in renovations to bring more night life to the city of McAllen.

A full-service kitchen will feature a similar menu to the Edinburg location, focusing on burgers and serving brunch on the weekends. Harms also predicted the future sales of the McAllen location will exceed the Edinburg location.

Image: Brunch served on weekends at University Draft House. Photo: @UniversityDraftHouse/Facebook


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