Perhaps the hardest thing for beer lovers at Station 1 is choosing from 52 selections on tap, many of which come from Ohio breweries to go with the familiar brands.
“We strive to keep things fresh and current,” Montei said.
The second, more difficult choice might be deciding where to sit, as Station 1 offers indoor seating as well as tables in the front and a patio in the back overlooking Buck Creek, which is ideal for live music and other events.
While food and drink are the highlights, Station 1 hosts special events such as quiz nights every Wednesday and open mic nights on Thursday, while Friday and Saturday nights feature live music on the patio when the weather permits.
Considering Station 1’s proximity to the University of Wittenberg campus, Montei said she liked people visiting for campus events to find out about Station 1. Sometimes after students graduated their diploma, they stop to visit after integrating it into their university experience.
As proud as she is of Station 1’s food, Montei also appreciates its staff, some of whom worked there before she took possession of it 8 and a half years ago.
“I feel so lucky that we have such a great and loyal staff. One of our favorite things is getting to know our customers, and they become like a little part of our Station family, ”said Montei. “Some of our employees call the people who come in ‘mommy and daddy’, and there are lots of hugs.”
During the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Station 1 had take-out deliveries and Montei was looking after the health of the employees in every way.
Montei said anything more Station 1 earns goes back into the business and makes it more inviting, current and fun, which is important because she is from Springfield and proud of the community.
“We want the best for Springfield. I love Springfield and we will do everything we can to make it great here, ”she said.
Station 1 is open from noon to 1 a.m. on Sunday; 4 p.m. to midnight Monday; From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Tuesday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.