Flossmoor Station's owners, Dean and Carolyn Armstrong, wouldn't let the fact that neither had any prior restaurant experience dampen their dream of building a brewpub they could call their own.
The Armstrongs, who are Flossmoor residents, saw the deterioration of the historic old Flossmoor Train Station right before their eyes. The building had long since been replaced by a Metra platform behind the old station, and was carved up into several retail spaces. Run-down and well on its way to being a safety liability, the building badly needed some tender loving care.
When the Illinois Central Railroad built the original building in 1906, there were only six homes in the community of Flossmoor. The area was a weekend and summer getaway for executives who lived and worked in the city, and the convenience of railroad service brought new life to the area. Country clubs sprung up one by one, and soon, businessmen were building homes and commuting to the city daily.
As time went by and eventually rendered the old building obsolete as a train station, it began to crumble into oblivion.