Name of business: 10 East Kitchen & Tap House
Type of business: Restaurant and taproom
Location: 10 E. Main St., Turlock
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Contact information: 209-669-1010
Specialty: Craft beer
History of business:
When Paramjit and Kindie Sanghera were looking for a restaurant to purchase, at first, they hoped to buy a business close to their hometown of Marysville. When they came across 10 East Kitchen & Tap House for sale in downtown Turlock, however, they knew they had to make an offer.
“We looked at a lot of other places, but we decided 10 East would be best because a lot of history comes with it,” Paramjit said.
The Sangheras became the official owners of 10 East on April 4, joining two decade’s worth of landlords who have made the former train depot well-known for its good food and notable past.
In 1916, Turlock welcomed its first train station, offering travelers a modern, comfortable location to purchase train tickets and buy something to eat while they waited for a train that would deliver them to their destination.
The depot provided passenger service to Turlock and other Central Valley communities until the early 1970s, when the depot began offering freight train service. In 1996 all train operations at the depot ceased, and the location sat vacant for a few years until a local investor bought the Central Park landmark, leasing it to two local businessman who converted the building into an upscale restaurant called Track 29.
Since first being converted into a restaurant, the depot has seen countless remodels and renovations – including three full-size train cars which were converted into dining rooms. Another selling point, Paramjit said.
“People get really excited about the train cars and want to take pictures,” he said. “We have kids always wanting to go in and see it.”
The Sangheras took over the restaurant from former owner Tony Walker, who purchased the building about 20 years ago. Under Walker, the restaurant transformed it from a traditional British pub and restaurant named Wellington Station into 10 East.
Now, the Sangheras are looking forward to a new era for the depot but are keeping much the same at the restaurant. One change the pair has decided on, however, is the addition of more time for patrons to eat. 10 East will now be open seven days a week, including longer hours on Sundays and lunchtime every day.
“When we first took over people would come by everyday to eat lunch, see we were closed, and then have to walk away and I really hated to see that,” Paramjit said. “We wanted to open it up for lunch to begin with, so now we have that and longer hours on Sunday.”
The new lunch menu includes “quick, healthy” options, Paramjit said, providing timely meals for those who may have to get back to work.
As time goes on, Paramjit said that he and his wife would like to add more menu items and expand the list of beer and wine offered at the restaurant. For the time being, the pair is soaking in their new downtown Turlock home.
“It’s going great,” Paramjit said. “There are so many friendly people here. We’re excited.”