Restaurant from the 1950s is coming downtown

The Mirror

A new restaurant harkening back to the music and cars of the 1950s and 1960s is scheduled to open next March in downtown Federal Way.

The Filling Station will occupy a building that formerly was Tony Roma’s, next to Red Robin at the east end of The Commons at Federal Way. Renovations are underway.

The owners of the new venture are Jim Ross and Judy Tveten. Ross is an owner of the Billy McHale’s eatery, located nearby on South 320th Street.

Ross said The Filling Station will serve appetizers, salads, steaks, pizza, hamburgers, milkshakes and malts in an environment decorated with 1950s and ‘60s-era gas pumps, gas station signs and other meorabilia –– some of it authentic, some replicas.

In addition, a Wurlitzer juke box will be upgraded to play CDs of the era’s music.

“There will be a retro look and feel inside,” including black-and-white tile floors, Ross said.

He explained he gets his interest in the period from restoring automobiles built back then.

The restaurant will be family-style and will be open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and a buffet brunch and dinner on Sundays.

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