IRONTON – The building that now houses The Depot in Ironton has a rich history in the community.
It was originally a station built in 1916 and remained in service until the 1970s. Since then it has changed ownership and format several times.
In the past it was known as Stone’s Steaks & Grill, Mansetti’s Pizza, and Austyn’s. In 2015, the building was sold to Xiaoming Lin, who turned it into an Asian fusion restaurant, although you can still see photos and decorations dedicated to his train station past.
The restaurant was closed for indoor dining last year, but reopened on May 1.
âWe closed our doors for 410 days. We remained open to making take out during this time. It was only after all of our staff had been vaccinated that we decided to reopen, âsaid Stephanie Richendollar, bar manager at The Depot. âWe had a good turnout. All our regulars have returned.
The Depot offers a variety of dining options, from Asian-style noodles to seafood to steak. You can enjoy Szechwan shrimp and scallops ($ 17.50), Teriyaki chicken ($ 14.35), Wasabi Ahi tuna with honey ($ 16.25), filet mignon ($ 20.49) and a bourbon sirloin steak ($ ââ20.50). the Captain Jack Roll ($ 7.50), which features wrapped fried cream cheese, jalapeno, spicy tuna, fish roe, and avocado.
The Depot has a full-service bar that offers cocktails like the Kentucky Mule made with Gosling’s Ginger Beer, lime juice, and your choice of Kentucky Bourbon.
Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lunch menu features smaller versions of signature dishes like Chicken Teriyaki ($ 8.65) and Szechwan Shrimp and Scallops ($ 8.99).
There are also a variety of sandwiches and wraps, including a Signature Burger ($ 6.99), House Steak Wrap ($ 7.50), and Hibachi Chicken Wrap ($ 6.35). There are also flatbread pizzas like Mongolian Pizza ($ 6.25 lunch, $ 11 dinner) with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, and homemade brown sauce with mozzarella cheese.
âWe have three private dining rooms – a small, medium and a large. We would appreciate it if you callâ¦ before your event, âexplained Richendollar. “For groups over 30, we have a special buffet menu.”
The depot is located at 124 Bobby Bare Blvd. at Ironton. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.