Tamaqua Railroad Restaurant To Reopen
The Tamaqua Railroad Station has a rich history not only important here, but to the entire Schuykill and neighboring counties. The station first served as a horse-drawn railroad. Then, in 1833, it became the first commercial railroad to haul anthracite coal by steam engine and was also used as a passenger station. But after it ceased operations in the 1960s, it became an eyesore, says Linda Yulanavage of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
She says something needed to be done. There were some offers to demolish it. But one group wasn’t going to let that happen. The Tamaqua Save Our Station group worked for more than thirteen years to acquire the funding to repair the station. And while a restaurant soon opened, it closed after eight years.
New owners of the restaurant say they will have it operating sometime in early Spring. Called Vonz Restaurant, it will feature American cuisine. Yulanavage says the opening will help put pride back into the community.