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Fine dining and fun cocktails in Palmyra
by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop
photos by Paul Newton and Zach Smith
chef, mixologist and former professional
fighter, Coltin Cole may not have known
his road would lead to Palmyra but he was
always destined for the kitchen. Starting
with summer cooking classes as an 8-year-old and
eventually working his way through the St. Louis
bar, brewery, restaurant and nightclub scenes in
adulthood, he reached a point where he wanted to
strike out on his own to start a bar and restaurant.
He found what he was looking for online in the form
of a nearly 200-year-old stone building surrounded
by the Palmyra Greenwood Cemetery and soon to
become Cole's Hearth Room.
" I was looking for a place in St. Louis, but it was
very difficult trying to find a building or neighborhood
to start, " the owner-chef recalls. His wife,
Deidra, a Hannibal native, was familiar with the
area and the striking structure, which was most
recently the former Old Stone House Inn prior to
Cole's Hearth Room. " We came up here to see it and
I thought, 'Oh, this is perfect.' "
A
Formerly a farmhouse, Civil War-era hospital
and cemetery caretaker's residence, the building
was purchased by the husband-and-wife duo in
February 2020. After some much-needed renovations
including the addition of a commercial kitchen
and bar, Cole's Hearth Room opened that July and
immediately began drawing hungry diners from Palmyra
and the nearby population hubs of Hannibal
and Quincy, Illinois.
The name of the restaurant, Coltin says, was
inevitable. The single dining room is bookended by
the building's pair of original stone fireplaces, and
along with the bar area seats up to 68 diners. A
wraparound porch seats an additional 50 customers,
rivaling the main seating area for popularity
especially on temperate evenings.
Matching the atmosphere of the locale is an attention
to detail on the part of Coltin and his kitchen
crew that's apparent in every bite.
" I try to take your classic American things people
maybe would have eaten when they were young and
try to elevate them to where the flavors are familiar,
but the presentation is maybe a little bit more
unique, " Coltin says.
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