halb - it most likely is, and we are going to treat it as such - but as a scientist I can't say it *is* until we pull that puppy out of the ground. I do appreciate your detective work and please thank your friends for me (and my dad ). Who would have thought that was what would be found in an old restaurant! Luckily, no worries on the gas station front - we do know that was not the case. We have found some more history and it was a farm (we knew this part), then the farmer sold some small lots and it had a house built in the early 60's. In the early 90's the owner just before us bought it and rented it out as a bar. So it looks like the homeowner was possibly a shade tree mechanic who was good enough / busy enough to have a lift in the garage. The garage was absorbed into the house when it was turned into a bar. I guess they didn't want to deal with removing the lift so it stayed. Happily, they did deal with the zoning requirements - this area is very protective of appearances & density, and commercial zoning is hard to come by. This one is allowed due to being grandfathered in. So even with this new development, this is a good find. We already knew we would have to have the slab and asphalt removed, this adds a little to that chore, but not too bad. We have found two local options for removal. Thanks again!