Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Final bells

2009 saw the opening of many independent businesses in central Illinois, yet as the year draws to a close my thoughts always turn to those we lost.
The list includes:

Feldan's Pizza, Pasta & More
Café Evergreen
Chiliworks Café
Baurer Furniture
Sizzling India
Ponte Vecchio
Lester's Donuts
Maria's Tea Room (Peoria Heights location)
Pleasant Hill Antique Mall Tea Room
Monroe Restaurant and Bar
Kep's Place (closed due to fire)
Jammer's Chicago Style Classics
Cracklin' Jakes
Mikey's Pizza & Subs
Angie's Creve Coeur Family Restaurant
Chicago Grill
Stadium Pizza
The Fair Store
Ducky's Formal Wear
Eamon Patrick's Public House
J Pree's
Club Reign
The Hub (closed due to fire)
Tilley's at the River Station
Downer's Furniture Outlet
Christian Bros. Western Store
Heavenly Delights

I'm sure I missed a few. If you know of some, please let me know.
Here's to a great new year supporting locally-owned businesses!


Ron said...

Wow..that list is really long.

Heather said...

You know, I was wondering what was up with Cracklin' Jakes. When we go to Peoria via the route that takes us by there...I noticed it looked closed...but the food was always good when we ate there...that's too bad.

Peoria Peepers said...

I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Cracklin' Jakes.

What's Shaking said...


Peoria Peepers said...

Yes, VOP closed in 2008, but the building was torn down this year.
I will miss it, and plan to go visit the train cars at the Wheels o' Time Museum.

Jim said...

Stadium Pizza moved to Mossville, and took the place of another restaurant that used to be there.

Peoria Peepers said...

Stadium Pizza also closed in Mossville in September of 2009.