From the life-size statues of ironworkers adorning the roof to the model train circling the dining area, Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grill in Valparaiso, Indiana has spared no expense to give diners an amazing and inspiring experience.
Industrial Revolution, which salutes the freedom, progress, innovation and hard work that made this nation great, has been a popular Northern Indiana gathering place ever since opening on U.S. 30 in 2010.
Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso, Indiana
The restaurant is designed to look like a building under construction in the early 1900s — when industry was booming and innovations were providing Americans a better life. The Industrial Revolution experience begins before one steps inside the restaurant. Perched atop the restaurant’s roof are statues — inspired by the famous 1932 photo “Lunchtime on Top of a Skyscraper” — depicting ironworkers taking a lunch break while seated on a beam during construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York City.
The statues, created by artist Sergio Furnari, were displayed at the site of the former World Trade Center as a tribute to the workers involved in recovery efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Inside the Porter County restaurant’s doors, the dining area gets an authentic industrial-age look from 100-year-old brick, cast iron railing and flooring made from reclaimed wood. A model train travels along a track mounted near the ceiling. Black and white photographs and inspirational quotes decorate the walls and the restaurant’s televisions play biographies of famous leaders and stories of how America was built.
Each week they salute one great American — whether it be someone of national prominence like Henry Ford or Thomas Edison, or someone local like war hero Jim Butz or firefighting nozzle pioneer Clyde McMillan.
Good Old-Fashioned American Food
The food’s even got a traditional American theme. They offer plenty of traditional American meals that you’ve grown up on, but with a gourmet twist — like their Mom’s Double Shift Pot Roast Mac & Cheese (the pot roast is made the way the owner’s mother made it) and their popular perch tacos (which I seem to get every time I go).
They’re also known for their brick oven pizzas and their burgers — including the Risk-Taker Burger (which has four patties totaling two pounds, layered with American, pepperjack, cheddar and provolone cheese, as well as lettuce, onion strings, special sauce and a miniature American flag).
Be sure to save room for their Red, White and Blue Cheesecake!
The folks at Industrial Revolution hope their customers leave full — and full of inspiration about this country’s industrial roots.
They won the Indiana Dunes Tourism R.O.S.E. Award for Restaurant of the Year in 2012 and 2013. They were also chosen to do food preparation demonstrations at the 2013 Indiana State Fair.
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