LAYTON - By this summer, you could be dining in what would be one of Davis County’s most unique eateries - a restaurant housed in Layton’s historic train station.
That’s a possibility for the 101 year-old depot that is due to see both exterior and interior upgrades soon.
“We have the perfect team being created” in terms of a contractor, architect and others, said Layton City Community & Economic Development Specialist Kent Andersen.
They’re a local team that, if approved by the city council in early March, could start work on the depot, which many remember as the home of Doug & Emmy’s for decades.
“The community has a lot of fond memories. We want to make sure we do it justice,” Andersen said of the depot project.
The depot was a restaurant from 1972, when the old Main Street Grill was housed there.
The renovation will be financed from a variety of sources: $280,00 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds, which can be housed for historic rehabilitation; possible grant moneys from a prominent Utah foundation.
The Utah Department of Transportation, which transferred the property to the city at no cost last fall, has started work on 49 parking stalls, curb, gutters and lighting, also free of charge to the city, Andersen said.
Private investment will be used to finance most of the interior work, he said.
The State Preservation Office of the Utah State Historical Society is working with UDOT on placing the building on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The depot opened in 1912, and is the seventh oldest surviving train station in Utah, Andersen said.
Of the 30 historic train depots left in the state, it was considered to be most at risk of being torn down, before UDOT and the city started cooperating to keep it from being razed, he said.
Over the years, it has been moved about 600 yards south from its original location. That site now serves as Veterans Park.
“Layton doesn’t have a lot of old, turn-of-the-century buildings. It’s exciting to be able to preserve a small piece of Layton’s history,” Andersen said.
That’s because it was a sleepy town until Hill AFB and related defense-related facilities were opened around the time of World War II.
After about 5 years of being vacant, the 200 South Main location could be a hub of activity, if it follows the example of what’s been done in Logan.
A Mexican restaurant has been operating in that city’s historic depot for many years, and draws a large clientele.