The Wait Is Over. Station House Restaurant Opens June 3
From left to right: Dan McElroy, Andrew McElroy, Thomas McElroy, Adam Abruzzi, Zoltán Erdei.
by Connie Sartini
On June 3 the historic Groton Center Fire Station, formerly an Odd Fellows Hall, will enter the next phase of its life with the opening of an exciting new restaurant -The Groton Station House Restaurant - that was specifically designed to cater to the tastes and palates of Groton residents, their friends, neighbors and visitors to this beautiful town.
The Station House Restaurant, the dream and vision of Groton’s McElroy Family, is ready to display its comfortable décor, warmth, historic past and grace to welcome the public.
The menu features a farm-to-table approach with lots of coverage for different tastes, so there is something for everyone, and it is all of the highest quality, with as much as possible locally sourced: hot appetizers, a raw bar, prime meats, a seafood tower with lobster, shrimp and crab from Massachusetts. The kitchen is a “scratch kitchen” preparing its own stock so that diners will be able to taste the difference.
The family, along with Chief Operations Officer Vincent Kazanjian, Chefs Kyle Minard and Jeff Hebert, General Manager Zoltan Erdei, Beverage Director Adam Abruzzi and members of the staff spent many hours testing providers to come up with the absolute best products.
The McElroys were meticulous in every detail of this major renovation, from the radiant heated floors, to the use of soft colors, comfortable chairs, booths designed for private conversations, noise reduction systems, soft lighting, heating and air conditioning in each room and a sound system for each section of the restaurant. There are also rooms on the second floor that are suitable for large or small gatherings such as birthday parties, wedding showers, anniversary parties and a conference-room sized enclosed area perfect for a business meeting or family gathering.
This second-floor area has an en suite functional kitchen and allows for customizing the food and beverages for a specific function.
The patio in the front welcomes diners with comfortable seating, providing ample area to enjoy the fresh air.
This new gem also features local talent with many of the staff members current or former Groton residents, who knew the building from having lived in town.
The family had three major organizing principals when they first envisioned this project. First was to preserve the building’s culturally significant architectural features. Second was to harmonize this building with the others fronting Station Avenue. And third was to honor the building’s century-long heritage as a meeting place for the community.
Come and see this new addition to the center of Groton and experience the results of the McElroys’ vision and hard work to make this a show piece in Groton Center. For reservations, call 978-448-4000.