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Old Mill Inn Restaurant - Fair Park

The Old Mill Inn was built as a flour mill for the 1936 Texas Centennial and World Fair. It was a large exhibit that featured a modern experimental flour mill, three model kitchens and a tea...

Old Mill Inn Restaurant - Fair Park

The Old Mill Inn was built as a flour mill for the 1936 Texas Centennial and World Fair. It was a large exhibit that featured a modern experimental flour mill, three model kitchens and a tea room.

The theme of the architecture employed throughout The Old Mill Inn depicts the progress made during the 100 years of our independence. The exterior of the building is of ancient rustic design representative of a mill from 1836. The roof and all other woodwork is built of old timbers. Notice the overhead hand carved beams which German carpenters connected with wooden pegs. The stones are laid after the manner employed by the masons of a century ago. The fireplace remains in its original state as it was in 1936. Please note the full page Dallas Morning news ad in our front lobby from 1936 for the Old Mill Inn.

Ida Chitwood was the most famous demonstrator at the exhibit. Ladies from all over North Texas could enter her model test kitchen and watch Ida work, showing off new cooking techniques. When Ida was working at The Old Mill Inn she lived in her traveling railcar in back of the fairgrounds. Many of Ida's original recipes are now being used by The Old Mill Inn chef.

Now this vintage stone structure is taking a new turn, demonstrating the continuing appeal of history in the modern era. The Old Mill Inn Restaurant & Bar is gaining a reputation as the place to see and be seen in South Dallas.

The Ed Campbell Company operates the Old Mill Inn and continues the tradition of home style cooking with foods made from scratch - reminiscent of the hearty comfort meals of days gone by.

We are committed to continue the quality tradition and stewardship of great hospitality at The Old Mill Inn. We hope you enjoy your journey back in time. We are open year-round for your Dining and Party needs.

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