Red Eye Bar and Grill


We went to the above location for a wake for Don Wardwell, who had been a friend of Marv’s brother and part of a group of guys that rode motorcycles on the weekend that had passed away recently.   I remember seeing him a few time in high school as I think he was a year ahead of me, but don’t know if I had seen him since, although I had heard Marv talk about him.   I think he was Marv’s friend’s sister baby daddy, but no mention of a child in the obituary below.

Marv said he had been ill for awhile and they were meeting at the above as there was not money for a formal showing/service.  I can understand that as came across the same situation when my Mom passed away and it was still a few hundred dollars just to have a memorial ceremony at the funeral home.

From the obituary at Northern Indiana Funeral Care:

Donald T. Wardwell, age 55, of Huntington, passed away on October 16, 2016 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  Mr. Wardwell was born on February 12, 1961 in Marion to the late Donald T. Wardwell and Margaret B. (Wantland) Wardwell.  He attended Huntington North High School and then became a truck driver for several years.  Don grew up on a farm and enjoyed his farming background.  He loved riding his Honda motorcycles and being with friends”

I posted the following review on Zomato

“This is a small dive bar to visit if you want to get a “locals” experience or relive 1996 on their jukebox.The place was a former auto shop that is now a hang out for the locals.  Inside the dining area has half a dozen tables and a railroad theme and although the decor appeared new/old. the carpet was worn although it appeared that it was vacuumed daily and someone had tried to remove the stains.  There is a small bar with a small, traditional wood bar off to the right of the dining room that looked to have around half a dozen chairs.

The dining room has a jukebox that has songs that were popular around 15 years ago and they also allow smoking, so it is a bit like walking into a time warp.
They did not have any Coke products, only Pepsi.  Not sure on what they offer as far as alcohol; mostly saw cans of Coors Light.
We did not have any food when there but heard the offering were average fried bar food, although the service when we were there the person on duty was was attentive to all patrons and offered me a glass with ice for my Diet Pepsi.

Not sure about it being “kid friendly” as it is marked on here – there was a sign on the door needed to be at least 21 to enter.”

Location:  40 W Washington St, Huntington, IN46750

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