Quaker Steak & Lube

Restaurant and Museum


Established within the realm of White’s Travel Center in Raphine, VA, this new Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant and Museum offers a new dining experience for visitors as they take a break from their travels on Interstate 81.  In total, this design-build restaurant/museum is 14, 374 square feet and displays a vast collection of interior features connected to motorcycles, cars, and garage-themed components.


Size: 14,374 s.f.

Cost: $4.8 million

Client: Robert “Bobby” J Berstresser

Location: Raphine, VA

Completion: July 2020

Project Type: Hospitality

Contractor: Nielsen Builders

The new entrance to Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA, at dusk.

Project Info

Throughout the facility, guests will have the option of sitting at tables, booths, or a fully serviced bar.  Additional features include a fireplace, gift shop, and even a museum wing. 

Quaker Steak and Lube is a restaurant chain that does not cheat their design or décore appeal.  Walls have ample photos and other memorabilia to compliment the ultimate fast-paced theme.  In fact, a full-size car is displayed within the dining room at the bar, too.

Another view of the new entrance to the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.
Looking up at the atrium windows in the new Harrisonburg City Hall, Harrisonburg, VA.

Needless to say, the design of this restaurant/museum is extremely vibrant.  On the exterior, a mix of brick, aluminum, EIFS, and neon lights wrap the steel joist and column structure.  The roof has a membrane covering installed upon a very gradual slope to direct water and debris from collecting on top.

Aluminum storefronts will be clearly visible as well as many multi-pane windows.  The outside of the museum was designed to resemble the iconic ’57 Chevy tailfins.  A steel substructure for shape and specific finishes were picked to resemble the chrome.  Inside, the museum features many of the Owner’s collective antique vehicles, toys, and other memorabilia.


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