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Statler Cafe gives Darwin Martin House tourists a lunch option

Visitors to the Darwin Martin House can have lunch on campus after touring the restored architectural tourist magnet, with the opening of its new counter-service café.

A former carriage house on the north side of the estate has been turned into the Statler Café. It will offer soft drinks, salads, snacks, and sandwiches in a grab-and-go format.

The café will be open from spring through fall, during tours, a news release said. Purchasing a tour is not required for visiting the cafe, however, even if it's encouraged.

“We are excited to have a quick and easy option for our visitors to grab a drink or a bite to eat,” said Mary Roberts, executive director for the Martin House. “We especially love the homage paid to the original carriage turntable in the middle of the floor, signifying the historical relevance of the building.”

The café was established using funding from the Statler Foundation, named after hotel executive Ellsworth Statler and wife Alice, and New York State’s Empire State Development.

The building used for the development was constructed with a house that has since been demolished, and is not a Wright-designed building.

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Inside the new Statler Cafe at the Darwin Martin House. (Photo courtesy Darwin Martin House)

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As with other operations at the 1.5-acre historic estate, proceeds from the café will support the site.

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