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Then there’s the hashbrowns The Silo sprinkles on top.
“And the roll,” he added.
Does Hastings love the restaurant life? Absolutely. He said serving food in Western New York is a way of showcasing the area’s culture. But everything at The Silo, from the food to the benches and tables the customers eat at, to the countertops which give the building its architectural appeal, is something he takes great pride in as a person, but also an environmentalist.
“I love it,” he said, “I love food, I love this place. To me it’s an expression of Western New York culture and how I can be a part of it. The tables are Amish wood. They’re not the easiest to clean or maintain, but they’re real wood. The food we’ve got is top notch. We’re doing it right.”
But to Hastings, also important is the history of his location. The restaurant got its name because it once served as a coal silo for powering passenger ships up and down the Niagara River. He said coal was stored in the building and ships bringing people from Toronto to Niagara Falls would stop and restock at Lewiston’s edge.
It also served as a train hub, as trains from around the region converged to receive new coal and drop off passengers and farm produce from the outskirts.
It’s a story he’s trying to get out there more and more.
“This was a major train hub,” he said. “People would get here, go on a train and go see the Falls. They’d come by the boatload, by the hundreds.”
Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.