By Mary Drier
CARO — The bygone days of soda fountains and soda jerks can be found at a new restaurant east of Caro.
The Box Car Diner at 7181 Rails End Blvd., Caro, will host its grand opening today (Saturday). It is located just off of M-81 in the former Rachel’s Depot.
According to Matthew Gutman, who is one of the owners, the restaurant has been remodeled centering around the vintage ‘50s theme of an ol’ train station with full service soda jerk offerings.
“We are serving Ashby’s Ice Cream, which is the best, and all kinds of cream sodas to make any concoction,” he said.
As part of the grand opening celebration, the meal of every 25th person is free, and there will be music.
The other owners of Box Car Diner are Kayla, Jennifer and Trey Holubec. It is a family operation.
“Trey has more cooking experience than all of us put together. He worked for several years as the executive chef for the Hilton Corporation,” said Gutman. “The theme of the Box Car Diner and soda jerk are his ideas.
“The food is that of a ‘classic American diner,’ and take-outs are available.”
A few of the items on the menu are homemade pot roast and turkey dinners, fried chicken, Reubens, Coney dogs, brats, hoagies, and more. There will also be breakfast, lunch and dinner specials.
And, when the owners days “homemade” that includes the sauces too.
The restaurant has enough room to host private parties.
In addition, the new owners plan to restore the train and caboose, and for the caboose to be a gift shop.
The Box Car Diner is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call (989) 672-0755.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.