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100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017 (8/12/2017)

OpenTable acknowledged the Pump House in Rockhill, SC as one of the top 100 most scenic restaurants

The Pump House has been acknowledged by OpenTable diners as one of the most scenic restaurants in America! Thank you to all of our customers who made this possible!

OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017

DINERS’ CHOICE AWARD 2017 (3/21/2017)

The Pump House is an OpenTable  Diner's Choice Award winner for 2017.

The Pump House has been selected by OpenTable diners as one of the best! Thank you to all of our customers who made this possible!

The Pump House River Walk view Projects on Charlotte’s fringes dominate CREative Thinkers Awards (2/23/2017)

The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate honored the winners of its 9th annual CREative Thinkers Awards at a luncheon at Carmel Country Club Wednesday. The group prides itself on being the eggheads of commercial real estate, acting as counselors and advisers on complex real estate problems. Membership is invitation only and requires an in-depth review of a candidate’s work and contribution to the industry and greater community. On Wednesday, Counselors of Real Estate Carolina Chapter member Jody Odom said the winners represented thoughtful leadership and the spirit of giving back to communities. The Pump House’s developers were among the selected winners.

Elliott Close & Colby Mosier

Elliott Close & Colby Mosier – The Pumphouse, Rock Hill, S.C.

Developers turned a former industrial pump house, once a highly visible sign of industrial decay,into a fine-dining tablecloth restaurant with a lovely view of the Catawba River. The plant once pumped 5 million gallons of water daily from the river to the Celanese textile and chemical plant. The building had stood vacant for years when the developers hatched their plans. The pump house, with its broken windows, was visible to motorists on the U.S. 21 bridge, a sore reminder of how Celanese ceased production in 2005 after 57 years of operations.

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The view from our rooftop bat at the Pump House restaurant in Rock Hill, SC. Lighting a local landmark: smart restaurant lighting design (2/17/2017)

The Catawba River winds a lazy path stretching more than 200 miles from the Appalachian Mountains to the heart of the Carolinas. And in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a World War II-era pump house watches over a landscape filled with river birches and towering pines that hug the water’s edge.

For 57 years, the pump house pumped millions of gallons of water daily from the river to the Celanese textile and chemical plant. But after the plant’s operations ceased in 2005, the structure fell into disrepair.

In 2014, local investors recognized a unique opportunity and snapped up the property. Restrictions prevented new waterfront construction, giving the old pump house the best views of the river and its wildlife. But how did the new owners turn a decrepit building into an upscale restaurant that puts a modern twist on rustic charm?

Eaton’s Lighting Division talked with Sales and Marketing Manager Alana Allen of The Pump House to learn how lighting design helped transform a crumbling concrete building into a dining destination.

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One of the hottest new restaurants in our area is located on the Catawba River between Rock Hill and Fort Mill is the Pump House. Talk of the Town Carolinas visited the Pump House recently to give you the scoop on The Pump House. The restaurant is a multi-level, riverfront restaurant featuring two bars, including a rooftop bar. It is located in the new Riverwalk development.

Patti Mercer Interviews General Manager Chris Johnson, Co-owner Colby Mosier, and Sales & Marketing Manager Alana Allen to give you an inside look at the Pump House.

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Wilson’s World: Previewing Upcoming Restaurant Week at The Pump House in Rock Hill (1/16/2017)

ROCK HILL, N.C. – The first Charlotte Restaurant Week of 2017 begins this Friday so Wilson stopped in at The Pump House in Rock Hill to preview the event and find out about some of the great menu items they will be serving. Located on the beautiful Catawba River at 575 Herrons Ferry Rd in Rock Hill , The Pump House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Diners can also go onto their rooftop bar to enjoy a drink while overlooking the river. Charlotte Restaurant Week is a great way to try out a new restaurant or to enjoy one of your favorites.

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Pump House Industrial pump house becoming riverside eatery (3/8/2016)

ROCK HILL – From conception through construction, and now pre-opening preparations, the owners of The Pump House have paid attention to the details. Elliott Close and Colby Mosier want to make sure the former industrial pump house turned tablecloth restaurant – on the Catawba River in Rock Hill’s Riverwalk development – has the right feel.

Each of the restaurant’s tables was locally handcrafted, as well as a two-story wine storage cabinet that holds more than 900 bottles. The beer tap has an industrial feel that looks like it once pumped water from the Catawba River. Now, 12 craft beers – six from South Carolina, six from North Carolina – will flow from its pipes. No detail is too small. A recent training session went over the spigots for the water and tea dispensers. While they look the same, they should never be put on the wrong dispensers. Close and Mosier know the details are essential – as well as exasperating.

The Pump House is five months behind schedule and so far over budget that neither Close nor Mosier will say how much the project has cost them. Close, whose family ran the Springs textile mills, will only say the cost is “in the millions” and “a good bit” more than expected. Still, they won’t sacrifice on quality just for the sake of opening. They are intent on creating a restaurant that is not only an upscale, fine-dining experience, but one that is repeatable and not just a place to celebrate life’s special moments.

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Pump house under construction Challenges abound as former Catawba River pump house transformed into fine dining restaurant (1/9/2016)

Lake Wylie neighbors Elliott Close and Colby Mosier knew there would be challenges in turning an industrial pump house on the Catawba River into a fine dining, tablecloth restaurant. The plant once pumped about five million gallons of water daily from the river to the Celanese textile and chemical plant. The plant was designed to withstand a raging river with 20-inch-thick concrete walls and pumps sunk deep into the river’s banks. When Close and Mosier inspected the building, it had stood vacant for years. Celanese ceased production in 2005 after 57 years of operations. The pump house’s broken windows, visible to motorists on the U.S. 21 bridge, were a signal of just how much industrial decay the region had suffered. The inspection revealed a sound building, though. One engineer told the men, “You can’t put enough weight on this building to hurt it.”

Close and Mosier developed an ambitious plant to double the space of the building, using its massive foundation and walls to support steel beams. The beams allowed them to suspend or cantilever second, third and fourth floors. They also turned the roof into a fifth floor with unobstructed views of the Catawba River. Close, Mosier and partner/restauranteur Jeff Conway had hoped to open in December. They had fully booked the restaurant last month, but construction did not keep pace with their expectations.

The new projected opening date is around Valentine’s Day – a date that also may be too ambitious. The delays are because Close and Mosier won’t scrimp; they want it to be as perfect as possible. The opening date can’t come soon enough, Mosier said. They are already getting about 20 calls a week about when they will open. Mosier and Close are hoping the iconic nature of the building, Conway’s reputation and the location will draw patrons from the region, especially Charlotte.

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