The building that now houses Brick and Barrel has a rich history in the scenic hills of Pittsburgh. Built in 1850, it was originally named the G.F. Thomas Tavern and then renamed the Cross Keys Inn. The Inn served as a cattle and grain weigh station used by weary cattleman taking their cattle from Kittanning to the city and became a permanent rest stop between eastern towns and Pittsburgh.
Cross Keys was a small speakeasy during the prohibition era and became a roadhouse with a bit of a bad reputation in the 1930’s. The Innkeeper’s wife tragically died in the building and some can still feel her presence, she is said to roam the halls checking up on all of her guests from time to time.