Indiana Culinary Trails

Stop 27: Cultural Cuisine Trail™ Trail

St. James Restaurant

The History of St. James Restaurant

The Freeman Family's association with the St. James Restaurant started in 1948 when Bill and Evelyn Freeman purchased the St. James Hotel.

Jonathan James, a Pennsylvania farmer who moved to Indiana in 1860, built the St. James Hotel in 1878. By 1948 the once proud Hotel had turned into a deteriorating run down tavern until its purchase by the Freemans.

Over the years the St. James has continued to grow and expand. In 1979 a new dining room was added and in 1983 the second story that once housed the hotel rooms was remodeled into a lounge and banquet room. A new bar was built in 1991, as well as other remodeling.

The Freeman Family is still carrying on the tradition through Bill, Tom, Bob and his wife Beth, and grandson Todd.

Over the years the St. James Restaurant has received several awards such as the Oldest Restaurant in Northern Indiana by the Indiana Restaurant Association, the Centennial Business Award by the Indiana Historical Society, selected Best Restaurant in 4 County Area for American Cuisine, and voted by Readers of News-Sun in 4 County Area for Best Steaks, Best Chicken and Best Soups.

The Freeman Family invites you to experience their history of serving fine food and tradition.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday

7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Breakfast Monday - Saturday 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

General Dining

Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted

Meals Served: Breakfast Monday - Saturday 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Dinner Monday - Saturday 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Dining Classification: Casual/Family


Menu Style: American with a flair of German

Alcohol Served: All liquor served

Separate Bar Area: Yes

Largest Group Served: 80+

Meeting Room Capacity: 80+

Discounts: Daily Specials

Local / Organic: Uses local products when available


Parking: Large Parking Lot

Visible Signage: On Building

Handicapped Accessible: YES


Seating: Tables and Chairs

Hostess on Duty: YES

Gift Shop / Products for Sale: Yes some products available

Recommended Dishes

Fried Chicken, Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, BBQ sandwich, Bean Soup, Homemade Sausage hand ground in-house.

Friday Fish Days

Restaurant Photo

Website Phone Directions

Restaurant Information:

Phone: 260-897-2114

204 E Albion St
Avilla, IN 46710

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