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Neighborhood Eats: Church Street Depot

Church Street Depot opened its doors two years ago in a historic building that once housed the Smoky Mountain News. The owners of Church Street Depot are now making history of their own with a simple concept that's taken Waynesville by storm. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

For this week's Neighborhood Eats, we headed to the heart of downtown Waynesville to a place that's both old and new.

Church Street Depot opened its doors two years ago in a historic building that once housed the Smoky Mountain News.

The owners of Church Street Depot are now making history of their own with a simple concept that's taken Waynesville by storm.

"We never have any blueprints or anything when we do our building. We just start," said owner Richard Miller, who is the brainchild behind the revitalization at the depot.

It was Richard who turned this old newspaper office into what it is today.

"I love the atmosphere. It's perfect, and I'm glad to see people restoring what we treasure," he said.

Speaking of treasures, the food at the Church Street Depot receives rave reviews.

"They're cooked to order, they're the best beef. It's kind of a throwback to what we remember from years past," customer Beverly Roberts said of the hamburgers.

"In house we make the pimento cheese, the coleslaw, the chili, the chocolate sauce that goes into those amazing shakes," Kay Miller, Richard's wife, said.

When Kay and Richard opened the doors here, they had one mission in mind: "The best burger experience that I've ever had. That's what I really want to hear. That's the best burger I've ever had," Kay explained.

Church Street Depot is located at 34 Church Street in downtown Waynesville. They're open Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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