When it comes to restaurants, there couldn’t be a bigger surprise than 209 Main, a new restaurant with a bar and an event room that has landed smack dab in the middle of downtown Paton.
It may be in a small town, but the restaurant rivals about any you would find in a trendy part of a big city.
The restaurant was built and is owned by Vaughn Bauer of Bauer Built Manufacturing, an agricultural equipment business in Paton. On the outside, the building looks like it could be city hall, but walk inside and you will see unique decor and a great floor plan.
The restaurant is decorated with metal art made at the plant. Bauer Built makes planters and tool bars that fit the planters for John Deere and Co. Word has it Vaughn built the restaurant to have a place to take visiting clients, a place for his workers to go, as well as the community.
The bar, named the Toolbar after a part made at Bauer Built, is partitioned off from the restaurant, but a wide door allows the two to be connected and diners to see the bar area.
The unusual aspect of the bar is a frost rail built into its top. Patrons can place their drink on the ice rail to keep it cold. The top of the bar is made from smoothed concrete with built-in fiber optic lighting.
The bar opened a few months ago, but the restaurant just began serving food recently. On the day I was there, I ordered the Philly sandwich. The very thinly-sliced beef was lean, served with sautéed peppers and onions and covered with a cheese sauce made at the restaurant. The dish came with a generous helping of french fries, crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside.
The food was exceptional and the service great. It is no surprise that people are already driving from distances of 50 miles away to try out the food at 209 Main.209 Main
Mon. – Thur.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.