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The Station bar in Slater sees customers on bikes, Harleys, golf carts

People on bicycles, Harleys and golf carts have been showing up at The Station bar in Slater since it opened shortly before the Fourth of July.

Some customers are driving cars and trucks, too, of course. But The Station is located near a popular bike trail, so cyclists have been excited to see a new stop on their rides this summer.

Bikers quickly got word of a new destination for their road trips.

And residents of Slater are well-known locally for their broad use of golf carts to putters around their community.

The Station is owned by two couples from Huxley, Ardie and Cindy Drummond and Roger and Carol Ossian (pronounced like ocean, if you’re wondering). The Drummonds and Ossians are all Iowa State grads, and Ardie and Roger also own a woodworking business together.

“We have a lot of locals. A lot of them come on their golf carts,” Cindy Drummond said. “The week before the Fourth of July, we had a soft opening. We didn’t tell anyone we were going to be open, we just put the ‘Open’ sign out.”

The Station bar in Slater features a large covered patio and outdoor bar as well as inside seating and an indoor bar.

That night it was mostly locals, about 25 of them. They’d been seeing the work going on at the location, so they were curious about it.

“July Fourth was a little bit crazy,” Cindy Drummond said with a laugh. “We’ve been getting lots of bicyclists. The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail is just a couple blocks away.

“People have been driving here from Ames and Madrid and lots of different places. A lot of the comments we’re getting is that it’s a nice, quiet place to come, just sit and visit. We have music playing, but it’s not super loud. It’s a quiet, fun place.”

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