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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. Sullivan
Station – Railroad Street – Lee, Ma. –
Berkshire County. Close to Culinary Heaven!
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
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
Lee, MA 01238
"The Ticket Office"
"The Dining Room"
"The Berkshire Scenic Railway"