New Madison brewery is a neighborhood spot with a New York City flair
The Borough Beer Co. & Kitchen on Park Street opened in early July by a long-standing member of the Madison restaurant scene.
After years in the local restaurant industry, Gaston Solis is branching out with his own business, The Borough Beer Co. & Kitchen.
The Borough occupies the former space of Rockhound Brewing Co. on Park Street, which closed in October 2020.
“An opportunity presented itself with this space,” Solis says. “People in the industry saw the space and were talking about conception and different themes.”
Solis and his partners decided on the concept of Borough — fittingly — over beers. “We were like, ‘hey — you know the boroughs of New York and their neighborhoods, well, Madison’s got a bunch of great neighborhoods.’ I just thought it to kind of fit.”
The interior features have an industrial feel with lots of light, open space, and gray and charcoal hues, reminiscent of a pub in New York City.
Solis — an Appleton native who moved to Madison in August 2010 — left a position as general manager of The Statehouse and Augie’s Tavern at The Edgewater in March to put focus on opening the new brewpub, which officially opened July 1. Prior to his position at The Edgewater, Solis had many roles during his 8 years at the former Brocach Irish Pub on the Square. “[A restaurant is] something that I always thought about [and] it’s something that I had experience with, ” Solis says.
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Solis has pulled from his experiences at Brocach and The Edgewater during the process. The Borough features an extensive menu of specialty dishes and casual pub-style bites. “I would say [the menu] has subtle nods to my background and industry with Brocach,” Solis says. “There’s a nice variety for people that want to come in and enjoy either some really good lunch tacos or dive into some really nice entrees.”
The Borough is currently brewing its beer off-site to acquire the volume necessary for opening operations. Three brews will be available on tap year-round: a Czech pilsner, a New England-style IPA and a pale ale called The Drake. Eventually, Solis and the team plan to move to brew in-house once they are more established.
Solis wants the new brewery and restaurant to be a place for good beer, good food and good company. “I just hope to have it be an inviting and welcoming place for the neighborhood to come in,” Solis says.
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