All Aboard! Next Stop “Sullivan Station!”
For Travelers and Locals alike, it’s a place where everybody wants to know your name; a very friendly, unpretentious restaurant in a historic landmark. At Sullivan Station on Railroad Street it’s all about Fine Food, a relaxing atmosphere for romantic candlelight dinners, a family night out or a group get-together with friends or business associates. The ultimate goal is an experience that involves “Great Food,” “Great Friends” and a “Magical Turn of the Century Atmosphere.” In February, 2011 the business was sold to two local women with a plethora of restaurant experience.
Darleen Zradi and Jane LaGrant both come from backgrounds with years of managing, retail sales and hands on kitchen experience. Darleen has worked as a retail account manager supplying restaurants with all the necessities required to successfully operate on a day to day basis as well as running her own catering business. Her creativity and organizational skills have been an asset to every restaurant in the county. Jane worked for her family for many years in every possible capacity at Lee Pizza and Sophia’s Restaurant. Jane also has seen the business from the viewpoint of an owner. Being a Constantopoulos means being involved in the art of the restaurant. With them, Darleen and Jane bring fresh ideas, enthusiastic energy and a Mission Statement with Customer Satisfaction as the primary goal. Darleen and Jane have created a new menu featuring a variety of staple dishes to tempt the most demanding of palates. Complimenting the “Station Favorites,” they have added an ever changing list of Specials and Early Bird entrees to please every appetite. The “Short Haul Favorites” or Appetizers start every culinary experience off with a taste of creations that serve as a prelude to the magical depths of the imaginations of all three of the menu designers. In many cases, great conversation, fine wine and a sampling of the starters can be enough to satisfy the taste buds on the initial visit to the Station, but the aromas, the atmosphere and the culinary sights tempt every passenger to journey deeper in to the lure of the total Station Experience. Former train stations always seem particularly appealing as dining spots, especially for those who enjoy the ambiance of a well-preserved stop like the former Lee Depot.
Lunchtime diners see the Berkshire Scenic Railway stop on their Lenox to Stockbridge runs over the weekend at this time of year, and daily in the summer. It’s possible to board the train in either town, stop over in Lee for lunch and then resume your round-trip ride. With a capacity of 65 and a summertime deck that accommodates 15 additional diners, The Station fills to capacity on weekends and most nights during the week. For those who are fortunate enough to experience the friendly service, the captivating atmosphere and the exquisite creations from the kitchen, a return trip becomes a necessity. Relax before Tanglewood, Jacobs Pillow or the many other Cultural experiences offered in the Beautiful Berkshires or just enjoy the extraordinary local character of one of the quaint villages that doubles as a stop along your journey or, hopefully, your final destination. Whether you choose to spend the better part of your evening traveling through the entire Menu Journey, a quick repast before attending one of the local Cultural Performances or just after-dinner drinks and dessert, your every layover at The Station will become a fond memory. The restored caboose is available by reservation for private parties as is the entire Station. Whatever the occasion, whatever the size of your gathering – Your Total Satisfaction is our Goal! Your Expectations Should Be No Less! Few restaurants offer the same unmatched Service, the Magical Atmosphere and the Dedication to an Outrageous Culinary Experience. Few restaurants offer an ownership “Truly Dedicated” to your pleasure.
Visit Sullivan Station and “Build Memories!” Darleen, Jane and our wonderful staff await your arrival.
Former owner, Marilyn Kelly, says: “After 30 years, I realized it was time to step aside. I want to thank my family, staff, wonderful people that I have met for these great years. Darlene and Jane are going to do a terrific job. I can proudly say that the Lee Railroad Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.”
Conveniently located off exit 2 of the Mass Pike, Sullivan Station is close to everything in the Berkshires. Whether you’re planning a stay at one of the area’s many B&B’s, a day of shopping at the Outlet Mall, a day simply enjoying Lee, a visit to Tanglewood, a ride on the Scenic Railway or any of the many other local activities, please plan to dine with us – in the depot, on the deck or in our restored caboose.
Steaming hot soups, sandwiches, fresh seafood, steaks, choice dinner selections, creative pasta dishes and heavenly homemade desserts are served daily.
A Trip through history…
Sullivan Station was originally built as a railroad passenger depot in 1893 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Prior to this construction, passengers boarded and disembarked from a tiny wooden building across the tracks.The inconvenience of having to walk across the tracks to get to the village was one of the reasons for seeking a new structure.
Lee merchant and contractor Thomas Heaphy convinced Wellington Smith, a prominent resident and paper mill owner, to represent the town in meetings with railroad officials in Boston. When the new depot was approved, the construction contract was awarded to Heaphy, and the depot became a product of labor of the local citizens.
The new passenger depot opened on Saturday, November 4, 1893, and the first ticket was proudly purchased by Thomas Heaphy himself. It remained the Lee Depot until 1971. The structure, then in the possession of Penn Central Railroad, was used as a line office.
The real estate was purchased from Penn Central in 1975. Enthusiastically, the depot was transformed into a restaurant.
On September 11, 1981, the doors of Sullivan Station Restaurant opened.