The Hershey area desperately needs more decent restaurants. There are a couple of fine bar food type places and generic chains but not many that don't fall into those categories. Gas Station is on their way to being the best at filling that need. I'm sure a lot of people in the area don't get the "gastropub" since the Hershey/Hummelstown area isn't exactly on the cutting edge of the culinary world. But, if people give it a shot and accept it for what it should be (a place to get good drinks and have good food in a relaxed atmosphere), I am sure this place will do well. And the restaurant is almost there. There are a couple improvements they could make. One, decide whether you are a sports bar or gastropub. Or better yet drop the whole sports bar side of things. There are enough of those around. This place doesn't need a 10ft projector screen playing football in the dining room. In fact, it's ridiculous that it does. Two, pick up the service just a little bit. Servers could be more knowledgeable about the food and drinks and a little more professional. Three, boost the quality of the drink program. A gastropub must have quality craft beers and well-made cocktails. Their beer list is run of the mill, and the few cocktails they offer could be executed much better and with higher-quality liquor. Four, be a little more unique with the food and up the quality a bit. The items we had were all pretty good (and better than pretty much any other place in the area...high end places like the circular dining room notwithstanding) but they could go further if they tried. In summary, a very good restaurant that is distinctive in the area but could be a destination place if they up the quality in a few areas. I'll be sure to go back whenever I'm back in town visiting the family.
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