The tracks and train cars may no longer run past the building, but a century-old train station lives on in Reno. Take a trip back in time and relive the nostalgia of the early-1900s at The Depot, a Nevada restaurant, brewery and distillery that was once the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway.
The historic three-story brick building was originally a railroad depot.
This was the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, which originated in Reno and ran 238 miles to Lakeview, Ore. from 1910 to mid-1930. The building was designed by a prominent Nevada architect named Frederic DeLongchamps and is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.
It sat abandoned in downtown Reno until 2014.
The historic train station was reopened as The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery, a restaurant that aims to preserve Nevada’s heritage while creating and serving exceptional food, spirits and beer.
Renovations on the historic building were done with an innovative nod at the past.
The building was restored with a classic and timeless palette, preserving many of the building’s original details like exposed brick and wood. Much of the restoration was designed to match original fixtures including a banister column on the stairway. The design includes subway tiles and oak flooring.
The original city plans for the old train depot are blown up as a wall mural in one of the dining spaces.
An original vault door from the train station can be found in the men's bathroom.
With three floors, there is plenty of room to spread out in this light and airy Nevada restaurant. There's multiple dining spaces, a living room area with couches, and outdoor patio seating (Cornhole included).
The brewery and distillery are viewable behind the downstairs bar.
The brewhouse crafts beer using modern equipment and old-timey brewing traditions like cereal cooking of local grains and open fermentation.
Be sure to try the craft brews! You can order a beer sampler or stick to one drink. The Voyager and Belgian Quad both come highly recommended. As far as whiskey, wake up with the Red Eye to Hanoi (silver corn whiskey, coffee, sweetened condensed milk and bitters). For a cocktail, the Albee's Knees is a light and refreshing gin and lavender drink.
And then there's the food.
From grilled cheese and burgers to poutine and steak frites, everything served at The Depot is locally sourced and freshly prepared. Even the salad dressings are made in-house. Prices may be slightly higher than your typical neighborhood restaurant, but the price is attributed to the high quality of the ingredients. Plus, the portions and selection are impressive.