Renowned Glendale restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to go on the auction block


The Whistle Stop, a renowned Glendale restaurant, has been serving up country comfort classics since 1975. It is scheduled to be auctioned on March 17.



CHAD HOBBS

Messenger Staff

The Whistle Stop has long been a popular restaurant for anyone who has been traveling Interstate 65 or just made the journey from Meade County to Glendale for a good, country fancy meal. It was beautifully lost somewhere between white table cloth and greasy spoon. The Whistle Stop was from a class of restaurants which are quickly becoming white elephants — southern comfort classics from your grandmother’s kitchen that were homemade and done right. From its meager beginnings in 1975 as a sandwich shop in a hardware store, the restaurant never forgot its roots but also eventually took over the hardware store which spawned it. It was one of the few restaurants left relatively close where you could enjoy fried green tomatoes and a hot brown followed by a piece of pie with peaks of meringue so high they would make your grandmother blush.

After being shut down since last year due to social distancing requirements and the governor’s mandates on capacity, Mike and Lynn Cummings, who have owned it for the the past 16 years, said, “We want to let everyone know that after 16 years of owning The Whistle Stop and close to 50 years in the restaurant industry, we have decided to retire and move on to the next chapter of our life, spending more time with family and each other.”

The Whistle Stop will be sold via an online auction on March 17. The couple say that they “now look forward to a third owner keeping The Whistle Stop going and growing.” Let’s hope that is the case for those of us who have long enjoyed a great meal from the renowned restaurant.

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