This mural by Brigitte Selby is on the side of the Whistle Stop at the American Cafe in Travelers Rest. When viewed from a certain angle, the chimney from the wood-fired pizza oven becomes the smokestack, and the rest of the features line up to create the train.
This mural on the Whistle Stop at the American Cafe restaurant in Travelers Rest shows the “Swamp Rabbit” train pulling into the station.
This 3D mural by Brigitte Selby was created in 2015 on the side of the Whistlestop at the American Cafe in Travelers Rest. It makes use of the wood fired oven which protrudes from the wall to illustrate the cow catcher / pilot of the locomotive. The chimney of the oven is perfectly positioned over the locomotive to create the smokestack, and there’s a headlamp to add even more realism. The illusion is quite startling when viewed from the parking lot.
Some additional details may still be added as the mural is finished.
Inside the Whistle Stop you’ll find a model train that circles around the ceiling of the main dining and bar area. Near the back wall you’ll find a picture of the original American Cafe restaurant next to the board showing the daily special. When dining you may catch a young one enjoying a kids meal on the counter and bar stools kept from the original restaurant. Adults and kids alike can also go to the end of the counter and pull the cord to sound the whistle. In the additional dining space, the walls are lined with memorabilia with a Wurlitzer jukebox in the corner where you can play some of your old favorites. Just the place for anyone who has an affinity for trains or where you can experience a taste of the small town life.
The Whistle Stop at American Cafe opened up last fall in Travelers Rest, SC, just up the Swamp Rabbit trail from Greenville. The original restaurant located here was the American Cafe, purchased by Troy Styles back in 1945. The building sat unused since 2009, when the restaurant closed after 64 years. Troys granddaughter, Vickie Hawkins, purchased the building from surviving family and did a complete makeover on it complete with a replica of a vintage steam engine in the parking lot. The restaurant is currently open for lunch Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Dinner hours are planned to start Monday, January 27th and the rooftop dining will follow as the weather warms up. The Caboose Express is an outdoor pickup window that will let trail goers pick up a quick bite that they can take up on the roof to enjoy views of both the Swamp Rabbit Trail and downtown Travelers Rest.