COLUMBIA — The Columbia Star Dinner Train is now accepting reservations, with the grand opening ride set for July 15.
The year-round train will depart at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A brunch train will depart at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.
The ride lasts two-and-a-half to three hours.
"As with any attraction that we get, we have high expectations. We hope this will attract people from all over the state of Missouri," Amy Schneider, interim director for the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.
The chef prepares a four-course meal, which passengers select prior to boarding. The menu is updated monthly. Current dinner options include chicken, salmon, prime rib and stuffed portobello mushrooms and risotto.
Tickets for the dinner ride cost $69.95 per person, not including tax, gratuity and drinks. The brunch train tickets costs $49 per person, not including tax, gratuity and drinks.
The train can be reserved for private events, with a maximum of 224 passengers.
"Since we’ve known it’s coming, there has been buzz throughout the city and throughout the state," Schneider said. "I think it’s going to go really well."