Saturday, June 23, 2012


There has been activity at the former Jill's restaurant site at 7327 N. Galena Road in Peoria. A sign on the property reads Sazanis Steak & Pasta opening soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The former Firehouse Bar & Grill is now open as No Wake Zone Bar & Grill, 4925 N. Galena Road in Peoria. They are serving pizzas, sandwiches and salads, burgers, hot dogs and more for both lunch and dinner.

Monday, June 18, 2012


New businesses debuting on the east side of the river this spring include The 5th Quarter Sports Bar & Pizzeria at 1110 N Main in East Peoria (formerly Vertucci's) and Le Fleur florist on the square in Washington.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Beanhive

Over the weekend we found ourselves in Galesburg and I was looking for Kaldi's Coffeehouse on East Simmons Street, but instead I found The Beanhive, which used to be called Kaldi's.
The coffee shop had several customers sitting at tables or in comfy chairs visiting and enjoying coffee and the shelves were lined with Leaves N Beans coffee beans, roasted in Peoria Heights.
In addition to coffee The Bean Hive offers sandwiches including a vegetarian option, cookies and smoothies. They also host live music events.
My husband ordered a latte with an extra shot of espresso and was informed that for the same price he could have a triple shot, which he was all over.

Monday, June 04, 2012


This weekend we were in Monmouth and saw the new Petey's Pub & Grill, which has been open several months now, located at 2 American Way. Apparently the owner of Cerar's Barnstormer, where we've enjoyed several family dinners, is the owner of Petey's.