Redevelopment efforts in New Kensington, PA have been an exciting journey for the community. We have been watching the downtown corridor revive as many different people take interest in the historic buildings and see themselves as a valuable part of a larger picture. Our downtown is growing into an ecosystem where stakeholders work together toward a common goal.
It has been exciting to watch VooDoo Brewery New Kensington take shape. I started noticing work being done on the old Ritz movie theater in February. Not long after, it was announced that someone was putting a microbrewery taproom in the space. A lot of work and community support went into this investor making his way into the downtown ecosystem. Because the taproom was not ready yet, VooDoo did a soft opening of their business by hosting an outside pop-up beer garden in August, September, and October of 2019.
VooDoo’s pop-up beer gardens turned out to be fantastic community events. Finally, after 10 years of being part of the community of New Kensington, there was something for my family to do downtown, just a few blocks from my house! Every Friday and Saturday night, the community was coming together, eating good food, and hanging out together. We were starting to really get to know each other and the gathering allowed everyone to participate.