A PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS
Pete and Joy Meister of Dwight, IL enjoy cozy spaces, inviting atmospheres, friendly people, and delicious food. Both Pete and Joy wanted to give something back to the community that they love so much, as well as create a destination where people can gather and socialize. Pete, a firefighter in Cullom, Illinois for 8 years, is passionate about helping others and recognizing those that do. He wanted a restaurant to honor the 343 brave New York City firefighters and paramedics who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to all the police, paramedics, and firefighters who continue to serve today. From this community and service driven vision, Station 343 was born.
HISTORICAL LOCATION WELCOMES GUESTS
Complete with a vintage 1917 Seagrave fire truck (that was used by the Pontiac Illinois Fire Department), Station 343 establishes an atmosphere of a fire station. The brick walls, wood floor, and rafters are all original to the building. The glass ‘flame’ wall was removed from the second floor. The dated signature wall reflects past employees from as far back as 1897. Reclaimed wood from the building was used to make the hostess station, shelving, and the cabinet behind the bar. Our patrons can feel the nostalgia right as they walk through the door. The building, built in 1881, has been home to many businesses. From Miller Brothers and Sons Men’s Clothing in 1892-1934 to M & M $.05 to $1.00 store in 1935. In 1944, it housed Kaiser‘s Dime Store until Dwight Variety took the reins in 1995, followed by Main St. Co. in 1998 and now Station 343. So please, sit back and enjoy yourself! We are happy to have you here and looking forward to serving you!