WINFIELD, Kan. — A train-themed restaurant is turning a small southern Kansas town into a dining destination.

Shindigs Bar and Grill in Winfield has been nominated this year for a Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Award in the “Hot New Concept” category, The Wichita Eagle reported. Winfield is a town of 12,300 that’s about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Wichita.

Rob Carroll, Janet Carroll and their two daughters opened the restaurant in April.

Rob Carroll and Janet Carroll owned several businesses including Sign Solutions, Carroll Properties, Salvy Sousa and Signpast. But the family had always dreamed of owning a restaurant.

The Carrolls discovered the Santa Fe freight house, which was originally built in 1910, was for sale.

“We ended up buying the building, and one thing lead to another, and pretty soon it was like, ‘Heck, here we go,'” Rob Carroll said.

The family then spent three years remodeling the two-story building. Rob Carroll crafted much of the industrial decor inside from old cars, bolts, chicken feeders, pulleys and aircraft landing strips.

“I love the junk yard,” said Rob Carroll. “I’m the type of guy to take a sack lunch to the junk yard spend all day there — with no phone.”

The restaurant can accommodate more than 200 inside, with room for another 75 diners on two levels of outdoor space. The menu includes steak, blue cheese burgers, and “junkyard fries” that are topped with mushrooms, cheese curds, okra and an egg.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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