Then a few days ago, I had business in the Middletown, Pennsylvania area. Afterwards we had lunch at a very unique restaurant, an historic Middletown landmark which was formerly a bank.
According to the information given on the restaurant placemats, the building is in the Richardson Romanesque Style, and is a fine example of the edifices built of native brownstone in this area during the Victorian Era.
|Beautiful sitting area in front of the restaurant|
While we waited for our meals, we had a good look at the interior of the place. There are obvious reminders that this place once served the community as a banking institution.
Glass barriers remain, probably from the days when the customers did their business in the front of the bank, and the employees and vault were in the back areas.
In the front of the restaurant, an old safe is now in use as a beverage station.
A cabinet of safe deposit boxes is used in the rear area as another beverage station.
I enjoyed my tuna melt, which, unlike most tuna melt sandwiches, was served on the two halves of an English muffin. It was delicious. Unfortunately I didn't have enough restraint and ate the whole thing, sabotaging myself from being able to try one of the many delicious looking desserts.
Upon leaving the building, we noticed the night deposit box is still there on the side of the building. Is there a stash of cash still in the basement? Why the barred windows down there?
Out front there stands an interesting clock.
There are not that many restaurants in Middletown, so if you ever find yourself passing through there, I'd highly recommend the Brownstone Cafe. We weren't disappointed.
Oh, and by the way, from the looks of things, Middletown appears to be good and ready for Halloween. Wouldn't you agree?