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  The Whitehall Ledger, established in 1984, is a weekly newspaper owned by Jack Smith.
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New restaurant in town
Amber’s Railway Stop opens last week

Ledger Publisher

It was mid-morning last Friday when Amber Wagner had a chance to take a break.
Since 5:30 a.m. she had been busy prepping and cooking for a busy day of customers.
Wagner was surprised. She had opened Amber’s Railway Stop Tuesday, but word of mouth was starting to spread and customers were starting to make their way to the new restaurant located at 14 E. Legion Avenue.
Working in a kitchen and restaurant is nothing new to Wagner. She helped her mom Ellen Wagner out when she had a business in the same building, and also spent time as manager of Dairy Queen and Pizza Hut.
When the prior tenant closed a restaurant at the location, Amber talked with her mother who also owns the building about opening a restaurant.
Even with years of experience, Amber wanted to do things her way and have a place that feels like home.
“I love people and love cooking,” she said with a smile.
While she has plans to eventually open for dinner, Amber’s Railway Stop is currently open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant serves breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The menu features omelets, half-pound burgers, hand cut fries, chicken strips cut daily, a kids menu and gluten free options. Amber said she wants to cook big portions for her customers.
Amber said she will start with a simple menu, but will start to include specials like Lasagna and Mexican food. Amber wants her customers to not only have a lot to eat, but also for the presentation to look great.
“If the plates looks empty, I’ll try and fill up that hole,” she said.
In her first few days of business, Amber said she has been stressed out, but the feedback from customers has been good.
She also thanked her friends who have helped her along the way with the restaurant.

Amber Wagner stands in the kitchen of her new restaurant in Whitehall. Ledger photo by Jack H. Smith