Sunday, May 07, 2006

Denhart Baking Company

Visit Denhart Baking Company, a beautifully restored building on the historic Washington square which houses a coffee shop and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch featuring Fair Trade & organic coffees. They opened for business in late April.

StfRon and I have been in several times for breakfast and have found everything to be very good. They have a nice fresh fruit plate that comes with a muffin and French toast which I had with a side of corned beef hash...mmm! We're looking forward to trying the lunch menu and the brunch. We looked over the lunch menu and saw a lot of good possibilities.

The brick and stone Italianate Style building was built by Charles Anthony and Henry Denhart in 1874. The two had begun a business partnership in 1865 with the purchase of a dry goods store, located just east of where the bank now stands. The store on the square was known to be a meeting place for Abraham Lincoln and other politicians. In 1866, the Anthony and Denhart Banking Company opened in the back of the dry goods store and later moved into the new corner building. One of the early banks in Washington was established in 1858 under the name of A. G. Danforth & Co. Henry Denhart & Co.'s bank was established in 1866. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places August 12, 2005.

May, 2007 - Denhart's is now serving dinner Tuesday-Saturday. And why not stop down in the pub after you eat?

July, 2007 - We stopped in to Denhart's for dinner on a Wednesday and I tried the fried chicken special, served with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn fritters. The chicken was great! It tasted reminiscent of KFC, but hotter and fresher. The mashed potatoes were also KFC style, very good. And the fritters were a nice touch.

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