The Depot Restaurant and Catering
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The Owner

The founder, Michael Spurling, has lived in New Virginia since 1996 with his wife Dawn and their children. Michael has called New Virginia home all of his life, having been raised two miles North of town. After graduating high school, Michael served his country in the United States Navy. Once Michael was done serving his country, he and his wife came home to build their home; the site of the stockyards and the old railroad pond that was the source of water for the steam engines that once served the town.

Michael is a member of the Virginia Township Fire Rescue and is currently a Paramedic and Rescue Lieutenant. Michael is the trustee of Grace Baptist Church located on Knotts Street. Michael has been the chairman of the New Virginia Old Settlers committee, an organization that plans and organizes New Virginia’s yearly celebration which takes over New Virginia every second weekend of July. Old Settlers boasts an attendance of between 10 to 20 thousand in three days. Michael and his wife have been involved in many organizations including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and American Legion Post 281. Michael currently works as a paramedic for the Clarke County Hospital. Michael also has operated a catering business from his home, catering events in Clarke and Decatur counties. Michael has cooked for countless fundraisers in and around New Virginia.

Michael’s dream has always been to own and operate a restaurant in New Virginia. In July of 2012, the opportunity came to make that dream a reality.  Michael worked tirelessly to gain financing, remodel and comply with government regulations in order to open The Depot Restaurant and Catering on February 20, 2013.

The Theme

In 1881 and 1882, a narrow gauge railroad was built from Des Moines to Carnesville, Missouri, passing through New Virginia on the Northwest edge of town. This was converted to Standard Gauge in 1896, and New Virginia became an important livestock shipping point.  Michael has always been fascinated by the railroad. The rich railroad history of New Virginia, combined with Michael’s interest in the railroad, made the theme and name for The Depot a no-brainer.

The Location

The town of New Virginia became well known in Iowa when our local druggist-farmer, the Honorable William S. Beardsley, served 2 terms in the Iowa Senate and was Governor of Iowa from 1948 until his death in November of 1954. He and Mrs. Beardsley are buried in the local cemetery. The location of the Depot Restaurant is actually in the former Beardsley Drug located at 411 West Street, in downtown New Virginia.

© 2013-The Depot Restaurant and Catering, LLC.
411 West Street | New Virginia, IA 50210
Phone: 641-449-3200 |