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Greencastle restaurant owner approved to add onto building

March 05, 2013

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Kimberly Robinson, a Greencastle building contractor, former retirement home owner and restaurateur since August 2000, won approval Monday night to add on to her Highline Restaurant and Railway Lounge.

The council voted to grant Robinson a waiver to add an $86,000 addition to the restaurant at 101 W. Washington St., described on the Internet as a “premium dining destination.”

Robinson said after the meeting that she needed more room to expand the dining room and kitchen and to add a new lounge.

The borough’s planning commission recommended the waiver on a 3-1 vote, Borough Manager Susan Robinson told the council members before the vote.

There was no opposition from the audience.

According to Robinson’s website, she bought the building to convert half for an office for her construction business, Builder of Unique Homes Inc. She planned to rent the other half to a commercial tenant, according to the website.

Instead, she was inspired to turn it into a high-end restaurant. The “nostalgia of the building, the train station across the street and the tracks running beside it changed her mind,” according to the website.

The passenger station opened in 1909 and served passengers until 1936, the website said.

Robinson is a Greencastle native.

— Richard F. Belisle

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