It has a cool 25-foot-long, brass-topped bar with a foot rail made of an actual railroad tie. It has funky depot lights and black-and-white photos of vintage trains. It has a little track embedded in the floor that guides patrons to the restrooms. And it has a menu offering “food and drink to the hungry traveler.”
If all of this — plus mac and cheese with lobster, Taqueria Thursdays or Fall Football Sunday Buffets — is not enough to lure a diner to this refurbished train station-turned-restaurant, perhaps the chance to fill a growler or procure a stogie will provide the motivation.
10 Railroad Street, which opened in 2013, expanded this fall to include the Mo’Vegas Fill Station, where patrons can fill growlers (bring your own, or buy one there) with a choice of 12 craft brews and two ciders on tap. The Fill Station also offers beer in cans and bottles, and wine by the bottle.
Tucked in a corner is a walk-in humidor, a cedar-lined, temperature- and humidity-controlled room holding an estimated 100 to 150 types of cigars ranging in price from $2 to $20.
The building has gone through a few iterations since the Lamoille County Railroad closed in 1994. When Kim Kaufman and Jimmy Goldsmith, late of Stowe’s Blue Donkey, bought the building in 2012, it had been vacant for a number of years after its most recent incarnation as Melben’s Restaurant. The couple undertook a stem-to-stern (engine-to-caboose?) renovation, reclaiming the building’s airy, station-y feel.
Lunching at a table near the bar, one almost expects to hear a stationmaster chanting the arrival of a train, rather than a sports announcer reporting scores on one of the seven televisions.
Smoke ’em (drink ’em, eat ’em) if you got ’em.