Ten Depot Street has been serving up classic fine dining, drinks and music since 1987. Sandy Sorrels, owner of Ten Depot Street, had already been operating Mamacita’s in La Grande for five years when, through a series of unusual events, The Woodshed, one of only three bar and dinner venues in the local area, came up for purchase. She was able to purchase the restaurant equipment in a bankruptcy sale and the VFW, who owned the building, were more than happy to have a new tenant. Thus, Ten Depot Street was born.
The pandemic has changed Ten Depot Street from a hub of fine dining, conviviality and great music to a three-day-a-week takeout venue. The same fine food is offered, the Blue Plate Special is on the menu, and there is a special Sunday Dinner menu. There are also special holiday menus (think Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day), just as in the Before Times.
Adapting early on to the prevailing conditions, Sandy outfitted the bakery in the back of the restaurant to be a drive-up and had an attractive mural painted. Her mission has always been to serve good fresh food to the community for reasonable prices, and she has upheld that mission through these extraordinary times.
Sandy’s overarching goal is to reopen the bar and dining room in a way that would allow Ten Depot Street to offer their premier dining and entertainment experiences and survive as a viable business. With her inherent adaptability and the quality of the food she proffers, the only things keeping her from fulfilling her goals are the pandemic and how each person approaches it.