All Aboard the Steaming Tender Restaurant, Americana Cuisine

Calling all train fans! Don’t miss out on this train-themed restaurant.

Travel to the “Town of Seven Railroads” for a Dining Experience You Won’t Soon Forget

Dubbed one of the “most unique dining spots in Massachusetts,” the Steaming Tender restaurant is located in the Palmer Railroad Station. When the Palmer Railroad Station was built in the 19th century, it was the 5th largest station in the United States.

Train enthusiasts travel from across the globe to experience the beauty of the Palmer Railroad Station and watch the trains go by. Fully immerse yourself in the history atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Americana cuisine.

Many famous individuals have gone through Palmer on the Albany and Boston trains, including Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The railroad was the most popular at the beginning of the 1900s—around 30 to 40 trains would stop each day at the Palmer station.

The History of the Steaming Tender Restaurant

The historic Palmer Railroad Station was purchased by Blake and Robin Lamothe in 1987. They spent years restoring the building to its former glory as part of a community effort to bring more business to Palmer, Massachusetts.

Families can tour the grounds surrounding the restaurant, watch the trains, and experience the onsite museum. The open-air museum features vintage transportation, including an 1890 Wells Fargo hotel-style Stagecoach.

Host Your Event at the Steaming Tender Restaurant

Planning an upcoming event? Host it at the Palmer Railroad Station! From children’s birthday parties to fundraisers, and more, we have the perfect location for you and your guests.

Enjoy your event in one of our indoor spaces, or on our outdoor patio.

Step Back in Time with the Steaming Tender Restaurant

You won’t miss the Steaming Tender restaurant as you head in for your meal! Watch for our massive locomotive parked right out front. Learn more about Palmer’s rich history while you enjoy a train-themed craft cocktail and meal at the Steaming Tender restaurant.


The Restaurant will be closed Thursday, July 4th-Sunday July 7, 2024

See you soon!

Get your Steaming Tender ornament!

Steaming Tender Restaurant 24-K gold plated over brass Ornament!

We are so excited to launch our first – limited edition ornament series. Our inspiration stemmed from our family visit to the Biltmore Estate. The Vanderbilt family is a true inspiration for us as they preserved the historic estate and we are here to do the same with the former Palmer Union Station.

Ornaments will come in a custom gold box with velvet interior for the price of $25. Flat shipping rate of $7.