DERRY — A new restaurant is breathing life into an old train station on Broadway.
The new Sabatino's North restaurant is set to open May 8 at the site of the former Depot Square Steakhouse at 1 East Broadway.
Joseph Sabatino is moving his Italian eatery across the street from 14 East Broadway to take over the historic train station.
He purchased the 2,917-square-foot building at a foreclosure auction in October, paying $215,000.
Renovations to the building included new exterior paint and other cosmetic changes, but nothing too major for the building, Sabatino said following the auction.
This week, finishing touches were being put on the interior of the building to prepare for opening day.
The building had been a busy train station, a child care center and a steakhouse in downtown Derry before going on the auction block.
The first Derry Depot was built and opened in 1848. It became a transportation hub, with trains traveling in and out of town, delivering passengers, carrying freight and heading to cities around New England.
The train line had its ups and downs over the decades before passenger service ended in 1953.
Sabatino's North opened in 2007, accommodating up to 45 people.
This week, a sign on the old location announced the official move to the depot building.
Sabatino said he hopes to seat approximately 70 at his new location.
There will also be up to 700 additional square feet of space for outdoor patio seating, the former "platform" of the historic train station.
An informal open house is planned for Sunday, May 6, where people can stop by and see the new restaurant space. The grand opening is set for Tuesday, May 8.
Derry Town Administrator John Anderson said seeing the depot station open once again is great news for the downtown.
"It looks pretty exciting to see something there again," Anderson said.
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