March 19, 2010

Station House

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A restaurant in Kewanee is steaming along with a successful theme about the rail road.

Eric Shangraw takes you to the "Station House" in this week's You Gotta Eat.

The Station House in downtown Kewanee appropriately sits next door to the Amtrak Depot. The interior decor is wall to wall railroad. Photos of days gone by on the line, advertisements boasting of the new way to travel without getting dusty, and a video loop of historic locomotives in action all add to the eating experience.

"Enjoyable place. I like the railroad. I'm a railroad nut. I like to watch the trains. They put them up on the screens. And you can see all the different types of trains around the United States. Which you can go visit and ride," said customer Richard Huskey.

"It is a clean place. And the food is good," said customer Bette Sawickis.

"Good value for your money. The sausage patties are really big," said customer Mark Sawickis.

On a monthly basis, groups from Galesburg take the train here in the morning, arriving at 8:06. They unload. Eat breakfast. And 90 minutes later take the west bound train back to Galesburg.

"We've been here two years in February. And we've gotten bigger and bigger. Pretty soon we hope to expand into a little bit bigger facility here and enlarge it with maybe a bar area and a banquet room," said waitress Jolene Poole.

Photographer Dave Janssen had tuna salad and a side of mashed potatoes gravy. He thought the tuna was a bit running, like oil on the track.. But still tasty.

My own steam engine was running low. I had Country Fried Steak with gravy. Two eggs over easy. Hash browns. Biscuits and gravy, a side of rye toast and coffee.

It was all fresh as a Spring daisy. A walk back to Galesburg would be good for my cholesterol but impractical. Our bill with drinks, $21.01 plus tip.

The Station House is worthy of a stop by rail or by car.

The Station House is open seven days a week. 7am-9pm. If you're on a train and don't want to get off, call ahead and they'll run your order over to the depot.

Station House
300 W. 3rd St.
Kewanee, IL
Monday-Sunday 7am-9pm
(309)854-RAIL

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