If you ever find yourself in Richmond, Virginia and you also have an interest in old fire houses, definitely check out the Station 2 Restaurant on Main Street. The converted Engine Company 2 fire station, built in 1899, still has the original red folding garage doors intact. They are beautifully preserved and freshly painted and beackon all visitors to come in and see more. This station was in service until 1962 when a more modern one was built to serve the city.
While you wait for your burgers and beers to be delivered (the restaurant’s specialties – although they offer a wide selection), you can learn a little history of the firehouse from the menu and take a closer look at the themed decorations on the walls. Old photographs, helmets, fire fighter’s pants and jackets, old fire extinguishers, axes, hammers, and other paraphernalia adorn the exposed brick walls in a classy but not cluttered look.
As for the restaurant’s menu, the burgers live up to the reputation. Expect a variety of hamburger toppings and tastes, a featured burger of the month, craft beers, gluten free bun options, veggie burgers and salads. Not to mention the creative alcoholic milkshakes the bar can make you! Fear not, this is a kid-friendly restaurant complete with high chairs and a kid’s menu. The hours are welcoming, as they are open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. They also cater and do carry-out.
No firehouse is complete without a canine companion, and this is no exception. While not a real, living typical Dalmatian, there a couple works of art in the shape of a posed dogs. One has the restaurant’s “2” painted on his head, along with some mouthwatering paintings of burgers and fries. This little guy is out in the open and will greatly entertain the younger patrons who dine here.
For a good old fashioned way to pass the time, there is a rope dangling from the ceiling with a small metal ring attached to the end. Adults and children alike will soon become obsessed with trying to swing the rope toward the wall where a hook is placed, waiting to catch the ring. Don’t be fooled, this innocent pre-internet game is infinitely more frustrating than it seems it ought to be!
If playing chess in a historic firehouse, hanging out with the Beard League (you read that right), or playing trivia is up your alley, then stop in at Station 2 during one of their regularly scheduled event nights.
Station 2 celebrated it’s 5 year anniversary August 2016, and it continues to go strong. It’s definitely one of Richmond’s gems.Read More