In 1999, Loafers Station first opened in the southern portion of the current building (in what is now the Carousel Room) as a deli counter offering sandwiches on freshly baked bread, salads, soups, cinnamon rolls, cookies and more. The “station” part of the name comes from the history of our 104-year-old historic building — it started off as Albany’s first service station, later a Chevy dealership, and then back to a service station called Houghton’s.
Loafers eventually moved into the entire building, making sandwiches to go in the deli side, and a full restaurant and bar in the rest of the building.
In 2019, Dan Violette bought the restaurant just in time to join the world in closing down for COVID-19. Dan and the staff pivoted, offering all menu items to go. This allowed the business to continue until reopening was possible, first in heated tents out on the patio, and eventually moving inside.
Today, Loafers Station offers a more diverse menu than at any time in its history. Although the deli counter is gone, the Carousel Room has seating for 50+ guests. But just like the one-of-a-kind historic building we occupy, several unique menu items also remain on our menu. The former Hereford Steer’s signature chicken bisque recipe is still made fresh daily by us (and only us!), and there’s nothing else in town like our secret recipe smoked prime rib on Fridays.
Along with Dan, today Loafers is skillfully run by General Manager Lindsey Grossman, Head Chef Travis Forty, and Catering Manager Jesse Jones. Make a reservation to come in and experience everything the team has dreamed up for you!