“The Station” drive-thru cafe will open in downtown Austin on June 4

Thomas Polak, Clare Polak, Wyatt Bratt, Margaret Bratt and Nora Bratt stand in front of The Station Drive-Thru, a newly redeveloped specialty coffee shop and pastry shop at the corner of State Routes 307 and 45 in downtown Austinburg, Ohio.

The station team - Inside

The station team inside the drive-thru

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Phase I of a downtown revitalization project by Austinburg Development Group, LLC

Our goal is to provide our community with quality ingredients and a beautiful place to gather without having to drive into town. We also want to breathe new life into the downtown core.

– Thomas Polak

AUSTINBURG, OHIO, USA, May 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Austinburg Development Group, LLC, (ADG) is pleased to announce the grand opening of The Station in downtown Austinburg, Ohio, a new drive-thru offering new – roasted coffee and pastries.

On June 4, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the public is invited to join local owners Wyatt and Margaret Bratt and Thomas and Clare Polak in celebrating the grand opening of The Station at the northeast corner of State Roads. 45 and 307. Byron Dutton, Administrator of Austinburg, and Mark Winchell, Executive Director of the Port Authority, will also be present. Come celebrate the opening with a free cup of coffee!

The opening of the station is the first phase of a planned revitalization of downtown Austinburg by ADG as part of an effort to spark a rejuvenation of this quaint little town, which sits just eight miles from ‘Ashtabula and a stop on the way to Lake County. famous wine region in Ohio.

The station’s name is a direct nod to the history of the property, which was the city’s corner gas station in the 1950s for many years. Formerly called Auto World, but locally referred to simply as ‘The Station’, the abandoned gas station had stood empty for more than 30 years until the Port Authority of Ashtabula County bought it in 2016 and decontaminated the site . ADG later purchased it with the intention of repurposing the building for both a drive-thru cafe and co-owner Wyatt Bratt’s custom furniture store.

Much of the reclaimed wood, paneling and materials used in the beautifully crafted restoration of the corner building came from the gas station itself as well as the building across the street that Thomas and Clare Polak have also purchased.

“We kept the gas station silhouette in the front, but elevated it, adding corbels under the eaves and beautiful Wyatt-designed architectural details,” says Thomas. “During the renovation, some of the older people in town would stop by and tell us stories about how they worked there or how they liked the old general store across the street. I love the small town history that The Station represents.

The front half of the building houses Wyatt Bratt’s custom furniture business called Bratthaus, while a rear addition serves as a drive-thru for coffee and pastries. In future phases of the downtown renovation, the Polaks plan to open a full cafe and bakery in the building across the street.

The station will offer high quality coffee with freshly roasted beans from international sources. The menu includes American and flavored lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and espressos, as well as several tea and smoothie options. A carefully curated selection of fresh, artisan pastries and breakfast items will include muffins, sourdough cinnamon rolls and seasonal oatmeal, as well as homemade English muffins with various spreads, including of the lawyer; bacon, shallot and cream cheese; and Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese.

The owners hope to capture the coffee-drinking habits of many of the 10,000 commuters, tourists and local residents who pass through the downtown Austin intersection each day on their way to I-90 or to the Lake Vineyards. Erie. The resort will also be a wonderful roadside for those taking advantage of the nearby Western Reserve Greenway bike path. Outdoor picnic tables will complement the drive-thru to provide seating during the warmer months, and a bike rack will accommodate local cyclists. Passers-by are also welcome.

The project is a family affair for the Polaks and the Bratts. Thomas Polak grew up in Austinburg and met his wife, Clare, while in college in Virginia. They got married and moved back to Thomas’ hometown to raise their growing family of five (soon to be six!), then enlisted Clare’s brother and sister, Wyatt and Nora, to settle here as well. Wyatt did custom woodworking near Washington, DC, and loved the idea of ​​opening his own shop in a small American town and helping renovate the town. Nora had enrolled in culinary school and worked in the hospitality industry. She will manage the cafe and eventually the cafe.

“Our goal with these projects is to provide the Austinburg community with quality ingredients and a beautiful place to gather without having to drive into town. We also want to breathe new life into downtown,” says Thomas, who is also a counselor at the Grand River Academy in Austinburg. “The city is right in the heart of Ohio wine country and not far from Ashtabula and Cleveland. When Clare and I were finally debt free after graduate school, we both agreed that our goal was to invest our energies locally. We created a plan and were lucky enough to be able to purchase the property from the Port Authority after removing the gas tanks and decontaminating the site. And then the ideas started to sprout about what we could do to bring life back to downtown Austinburg.

Clare Polak adds: “We have been working on this for over five years and are delighted to see Phase I come to fruition with the opening of The Station. So many people cheered us on along the way, including the Port Authority and Austinburg Township officials. Other local roasters and cafes were happy to share tips, allow us to observe their roasting process, and answer questions. It was very encouraging to have so much love from other companies. We felt like we were joining a small business club that wants everyone to succeed.

Byron Dutton, Chairman of the Austinburg Township Board of Directors, said of the project, “Austinburg Trustees are proud to have ‘The Station’ as a new business located in downtown Austinburg. . We saw Wyatt and Thomas, along with their family and friends, take an abandoned gas station that was an eyesore in the center of the community and turn it into a work of art. We hope their business will grow and be everything they dreamed it would be.

The station is located at 1760 State Route 45. Hours of operation are 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.

Patty Dowd Schmitz
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