Union Station Restaurant Grand Opening

Lindsay -- April 29th, 2010

Anticipation has been growing since the September 2008 purchase of the former Wetsel Seed building in downtown Harrisonburg, followed closely by the announcement that it would soon house a restaurant honoring Harrisonburg history.  After more than a year of renovation and a week of soft openings, tomorrow marks the grand opening of the Union Station Restaurant & Bar.

More on the history according to the restaurant website:

In 1911 Union Station depot was built on the south side of The Wetsel Seed Building, serving the B&O line. It and the B&O provided passenger service to the local residents of Harrisonburg until November 1, 1941. Freight carrying was continued until the B&O track and property, including Union Station, was sold to the Chesapeake and Western Railroad Company.

On May 19, 1944, Union Station and the property that it resided on was sold to The Wetsel Seed Company for $20,000. The Wetsels looked at the property as an opportunity to expand their business by turning the empty lot into a parking lot. The beautiful brick structure was demolished sometime in the 1950’s. Word has it that many of the bricks used to build the station were used to build Wildwood Park located in Bridgewater.

Menu selections are advertised as affordable, updated, “old family favorites.”  The atmosphere will include a large collection of photos from downtown Harrisonburg, particularly the Union Station area in the early-to-mid 1900s.  They do take reservations, but have announced on the restaurant’s facebook page that this weekend will be walk-in only because of the high volume of traffic expected.

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2 Responses to “Union Station Restaurant Grand Opening”

  1. Sarah says:

    The menu looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it. Congrats to Union Station!

  2. Brandon says:

    Congrats Union Station. Very Excited for you! Much appreciation and many thanks. Union Station has the potential of becoming “the restaurant” in Harrisonburg. Union Station is going to be another anchor that we need to make downtown thrive. There truly is nothing else like this in Harrisonburg. Looking forward to having an upscale restaurant downtown that will further reach demographics otherwise not served well enough.

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