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Firehouse-themed restaurant planned in C.P.

Postby Ray Gun » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:19 am

Firehouse-themed restaurant planned in C.P.

By Susan Erler, (219) 662-5336 | Posted: Sunday, January 9, 2011 12:00 am

CROWN POINT | A local trio plans to combine hometown warmth with the sizzle of a firehouse interior when Station 21 opens early next year in what had been a haven of right-leaning principles.

Scott Klein said he and partners Laura Klein, Scott's wife, and David Warne plan a late January opening for the bar and grill at 201 N. Main St., the site of the former Conservative Cafe.

A menu featuring "sacred firehouse recipes" is still being refined, Scott said. The emphasis will be on "Fourth of July backyard barbecue" style dishes, including Angus beef burgers, beef sandwiches, steak and pork, he said.

"We want it to be a place where locals will gather, with a lot of hometown, Crown Point community feel," Scott said.

Extensive renovations have transformed the former conservative-themed coffee shop into a sports bar and grill, with one bar on the second floor and a smaller one on the ground floor, and a divided section for families.

Multiple TV screens for sports viewing will decorate brick walls.

Laura Klein and her brother, Warne, both wore the number 21 as Crown Point High School Bulldog athletes, Laura in basketball and volleyball and Warne as a record-setting football player, Scott said.

Scott Klein is a firefighter with the Portage department.

The trio combined the two themes to come up with Station 21, where they hope crowds will gather after local games.

Staff hiring is expected to get underway soon, Scott said.

The partners chose the 201 N. Main St. site after sifting through a few other possibilities, Scott said.

"We'd been thinking about this for years," he said. "There were a few other places we looked at, but either the price of the situation wasn't right."

Details were hammered out over six months with the owners of the former Conservative Cafe, Scott said.

The cafe's conservative theme motivated Gov. Mitch Daniels to pay a visit in early 2008. The coffee shop closed earlier this year. Its website says the business will be closed until a new location can be found.
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