Driving down highway 30, past Valparaiso University going East, you’re likely to see an unusual sight. A strongly made brick building, covered in cast statues that stand like monuments to the great industrial works of the American cities. These workmen, frozen forever in moments of leisure or strain, act as signposts for a unique local business called the Industrial Revolution, named for the unique period in American history where many huge, technological feats were accomplished that still stand to this day.
Located at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and route 30 in Valparaiso, the Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grille offers visitors quite an eyeful. The entire restaurant has a very steampunk aesthetic, from the brick walls with famous quotes on them, the metal tools welded on as door handles, the heavy steel beams that support the ceiling, and even the solid, industrial feeling of the silverware and dishes. No matter what else is said about the Industrial Revolution, it certainly has its own unique feeling and there is no place else like it, and certainly not anywhere in Northwest Indiana.
Once you peek beneath the veneer of the style and setup of the restaurant though, you’ll find mixed things. The food is quite good, from the brick oven pizza to the large, filling hamburgers and throughout most of the appetizers and entrees in between. However, the Industrial Revolution isn’t a place that caters to cheap skates, and it is easily pricier than other places around Valparaiso that cater to the casual dining crowd. However, while the price might be high there, if you walk in the doors knowing you won’t have a cheap bill it does ease the sting somewhat when it comes time to pay up.
This restaurant location is the first in a series planned by the owner, and if the attendance is any indication it just might be possible to spread a few more restaurants throughout the shadow of the steel mills in Northwest Indiana. While the Industrial Revolution is certainly an interesting place, I’d recommend that you go there more for the occasional celebration rather than a night of casual dining when you don’t feel like cooking.
For more information on the Industrial Revolution, visit the website at http://www.industrialrevolutioneatery.com.