Crossings Restaurant: A building of many trades

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By Rebecca Roscoe

 The Crossing Family Restaurant in New Haven has been home to several other businesses over the years and has been featured in photojournalism blogs and local newspapers. 

Glen and Lisa Cornett are in the process of buying the property from Gertrude Holton, wife of the late Billy Holton, who ran the property as “The Cream Station.”

As only one child who remembers the excitement of sinking their teeth into an overflowing cone of creamy and delicious chocolate ice cream, it’s hard to fathom the number of kids who came through The Cream Station’s doors. 

The Cream Station made the location its home for almost 20 years, keeping the citizens and visitors of New Haven cool and sweet during the long and hot days of summer. 

Clippings from newspapers about The Cream Station can still be seen on the restaurants’ shelves.

Prior to The Cream Station, the property had been used as a church, shoe store, tattoo parlor, hardware store, dry goods store, post office and bank. The building has been in use since the 1800s and is one of the oldest buildings in New Haven.

The Cream Station’s red and white-checkered floor, counters and animated railroad entrance door to the restrooms are still intact, as are the hardwood floors and homey restaurant atmosphere.

As railroad lights flash and train noises rush through the ears of those headed to the restrooms, many do not realize that the door they are pulling open with the painted train scene is actually the old entrance to the original vault that was used during the location’s operation as a bank.

The structure was built around the same time as the Bank of New Haven between 1840 and 1850, which the restaurant faces, on the corner of South Main Street and Center Street.

Each business that has come into the building has remained consistent in one defining factor – each one has been a family owned or family oriented operation.

Crossings Family Restaurant has been open since November of 2012 and is run by family members and volunteers, said Glen Cornett, co-owner and cook. 

 “We’re still new to all of this but it’s been a blessing so far getting to meet new people everyday,” said Lisa Cornett. “We’re a family friendly, family oriented restaurant – we have a kids corner, we like to keep a connection with the Kentucky Railway Museum and offer specials when Thomas is in town. We like to direct the restaurant towards family – because that’s what we are all about and that’s what keeps us going.”

Having several children of their own, the Cornett’s enjoy seeing the faces of children light up when they dig into their ice cream cones. 

Crossings serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the entrees include hand battered fried fish (Glen’s secret recipe), homemade barbeque and hand-dipped ice cream and handspun shakes.

For more information on The Crossings Family Restaurant, call 502-549-9001.