Geer Street Garden to Operate West Union Pub

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Kirsten Marinko


Geer Street Garden, a downtown Durham restaurant and bar that has been well-accepted and highly desired in the community based on their variety of every day wholesome menu items and friendly service will operate the pub space in the new West Union. Director of Duke Dining, Robert Coffey said, “We considered over 10 different businesses to fill the West Union pub space and Geer Street Garden and owner, Andy Magowan were head and shoulders above everyone else." The casual dining restaurant known as The Devil's Krafthouse will serve as one of the the premier venues for social gathering on campus. Owner, Andy Magowan said, “We at Geer Street Garden and The Boot are very excited to open the Devil's Krafthouse, as a pub with great food and great beer-it’s what we're best at.” Located on the ground floor level of the new West Campus Union, this 2,800 square foot restaurant will offer classic pub fare alongside a variety of beverages to include local microbrew selections.

The Devil’s Krafthouse will have a modern, yet cozy and raw feeling to the space with concrete floors and reclaimed wood, softened by leather banquette seating throughout. The existing Duke Stone walls on the perimeter of the space are punctuated by large graphic elements that highlight available menu items and historical Durham fun facts. Magowan said, “We hope the Devil’s Krafthouse will be a great gathering place for the whole Duke community, a place where you can relax and meet up with friends or watch Duke sports (Basketball!) or just chill and catch up on email. Our food will be simple, but high quality and delicious.”

The Devil’s Krafthouse is scheduled to open in February of 2016. Coffey said, “We wanted to be sure to give the graduating seniors a chance to experience the new space and are opening the pub doors early to provide the seniors with that special opportunity.”

Duke Dining is planning to feature a West Union vendor once a month, beginning in September, from noon to 1pm sampling menu items outside of the new space on the plaza walk to create excitement among students about what’s to come in the new West Union.