BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The New White Steamer in Washington
By Sabrina Westfall
The New White Steamer on Main Street in Washington has the classic feel of an old-style burger diner.
Manager Missy Geisler said the business is a landmark that was established in 1938. Even though the business has changed hands a few times since it was originally opened, the ownership continues to offer the same items because their customers do not like change.
They offer items such as hamburgers and cheeseburgers grilled with fried onions. As well as tenderloins, fish, chicken, and sides such as fries, onion rings and coleslaw.
“They (customers) come back for the atmosphere and the food,” Geisler said. “It’s like a great big family … with the workers and the friends.”
The food is also good enough to draw people from miles away. Some customers drive all the way from Indianapolis and the previous owners shipped hamburgers all the way to Alaska and Australia.
“They cooked them all the way done, and dry ice them and ship them,” Geisler said.
Geisler’s parents, Bobby and Agnes Geisler, purchased the business in 2010. The business brought Geisler and her sister to Washington to be closer to her parents.
“They asked if they bought a restaurant if we would come and run it,” she said.
Some of the decor in the restaurant is left from previous owners, which adds to the landmark. She noted her father added the classic cars and Coca-Cola theme.
The New White Steamer is located at 21 E. Main Street in Washington.