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Informing the  Berea and Baldwin Wallace University Communities Since 1913

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Community shows appreciation for Berea Depot following unexpected closure

Israel Gole
This 19th-century train station, located on Depot Street in Berea, was formerly the home of the Berea Depot.

After the co-owner of Berea Depot Lynn McLaughlin announced via a Facebook post on Dec. 28 that their business would not reopen, community members shared their support for the longtime establishment.

“It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that The Berea Depot has decided not to reopen,” McLaughlin wrote on Facebook.

Over 100 former customers replied to McLaughlin’s Facebook post, lamenting the restaurant’s closure but also sharing fond memories they made with friends, family and food.

“This has been my son’s very favorite place to go since he was old enough to form words! We are so very sad to hear this news as it will always hold a special place in our hearts,” commented one Facebook user.

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Many others wished the best for the owners and their future.

“Prayers and wishes for health, happiness and success in whatever you do next,” one
Facebook user commented.

Opened in 2017 by chef Scott Ita and his wife Lynn McLaughlin, the Berea Depot was a unique restaurant located in a 19th-century train station. It presented its customers with an authentic feel, with antiques, artifacts and even a miniature train track running along the dining room ceiling, as well as the sounds of real trains chugging along outside.

Adding to the atmosphere, the restaurant regularly hosted live music across many genres, featuring local artists such as Victor Samalot, Blu Monsoon and Joe Wheelock.

Madison Oberacker, a former local resident and current student at Kent State University, said she enjoyed the restaurant’s uniqueness.

“The service was really good, the live music was awesome, and the restaurant decor gave a nice atmosphere,” Oberacker said.

The specific circumstances surrounding the closure are unknown, and McLaughlin noted that she would like it to stay that way.

“We know that there are a lot of rumors floating around,” McLaughlin wrote. “But unless
you have proof and know what is going on, we would appreciate it if you would not speculate on what is going on.”

McLaughlin responded with gratitude to the support on social media.

“Everyone that came into The Depot became a part of us and we will never forget any of you. Thank you all again for the fabulous times and cherished memories,” McLaughlin wrote.

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    Barry PetersonFeb 11, 2024 at 4:41 pm

    My husband and I came quite frequently with our beloved Willa. The staff were great and we enjoyed this spot very much. You all will be missed