WELCOME TO MEEDER’S - WHERE GOOD FRIENDS EAT AND MEET IN RIPLEY, NY!
Meeder’s Restaurant has a colorful past. It all began in 1960, when Andy Daniel Meeder went to an auction at the old Sunoco Station in the center of Ripley. He went in search of a washing machine, but came home the proud owner of the station itself! Andy had big plans for the station, but he never dreamed that the business he was about to start would prosper for four generations in the Meeder family.
Andy built a fine business, selling milk and maple products from his farm as well as hamburgers, French fries and Cherry Cokes. Over the next 24 years, he expanded the original station to include a grocery store, kitchen, dining room and his residence.
Andy Meeder passed away in 1984, and his daughter Mildred Babcock and her husband Gladyn took over. Millie had been working with her dad since the restaurant began, so she and Gladyn were able to step right up and take over. The new owners added the current dining room and closed the grocery store.
In 1990, Gladyn and Millie's son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Trudy Babcock, took over the helm at Meeder's. Joining them in the business was their oldest son Daniel – the fourth generation and Andy's great-grandson.
In 2000, the banquet hall was built on the east side of the restaurant, replacing the old service station. The house on the corner of Ross Street was torn down and is now the parking lot. The new dining room has been a popular place for birthday parties, showers, wedding parties, bowling banquets and other large gatherings. It has also served to seat the overflow for Friday fish fry and Saturday dinner.
In 2016, we welcomed new ownership. Trudy’s niece, Sheila Bentley, continues the fourth generation of family ownership. Sheila has been at Meeder’s for six years and brings 25 years of food and beverage experience with her as she promises to continue the family traditions at Meeder’s Restaurant. Stop by our family restaurant if you need a banquet hall for your party!
Meeder's Restaurant has always been famous for our hearty meals, fish fries and homemade pies. As we follow history, we find that some things never change. Today, as in years past, you will find the conversation ranging from state politics to local news. There may be quiet discussion in a corner booth, or highly debated topics at the center table. All we can really be sure of is that today's conversation will become tomorrow's history. If you are in the Westfield, NY or North East, PA areas looking for a family restaurant, rely on Meeder's Restaurant today!