May 012011
 



LEXINGTON — The owners of a now-shuttered Lexington restaurant are hoping to sell the business to someone who understands what small-town, home-style cooking and homemade desserts can mean to a community.

Owner Jari Riisberg said The Filling Station closed in February just shy of the restaurant’s 29th anniversary. About 15 employees lost jobs.

Riisberg and her husband, Ove Riisberg, have had some inquiries about the site, 905 W. Main St., a popular stop for tourists on historic Route 66, but no sale yet. It’s listed for $295,000 through Coldwell Banker Heart of America Realtors.

Riisberg said the Illinois Department of Revenue “strongly urged” the couple to close the business because they were behind on their taxes and couldn’t get caught up.

“We live right next door to it and so it’s a constant reminder. But, really, we had no choice,” she said. “We made a lot of friends and have a lot of great memories. It’s really sad because Mom and Pop restaurants like this are going to have a hard time with this economy.”
One Lexington resident, Mark Killion, was among those who rose early nearly every day to stop for a cup of coffee at the eatery.

“I hated to see the restaurant close for so many reasons,” Killion said. “It was a special place for this town and it’s really a sad day when a great place like that has to close.”
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Apr 302011
 



The annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor on Saturday and May 8 includes Mother’s Day this year, a fitting honor to what was called “the Mother Road.”

One of America’s best celebrations of Route 66, the linear festival stretches 90 miles along Route 66 from Towanda to Joliet. A dozen towns along the way host all kinds of events, from garage sales to live bands.

Chenoa’s Red Carpet Festival will include live bands on Saturday afternoon, a carnival and food vendors. On Sunday, Anjanel Folkens will perform.

Lexington hosts a motorcycle show, a vintage car show and a tractor show, a quilt display, a concert by the Lexington High School band and chorus and the 2nd annual Amazing Bed Race. Add to that flea markets, garage sales, entertainment by an Elvis impersonator and a Hula-hoop contest. Food choices include Route 66 Root Beer Floats.

Pontiac’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. To celebrate Waldmire’s life on the Mother Road, the city will be painting a 66-foot mural designed by Waldmire shortly before his death in 2009. Help paint the mural and receive a commemorative button. The project will be at the corner of Main and Madison streets in downtown Pontiac at 10 a.m. An art sale will be on the courthouse square. There also will be citywide garage and yard sales and a model train display at Evenglow Lodge. A free performance of the Route 66 Musical Revue will be at Chautauqua Park by the Vermillion Players.

Braidwood hosts a flea market, a karaoke/talent show, baked goods and kid’s stuff to do May 7. On Mother’s Day, a spa tent just for ladies will be offered.

Check out more and download a map by clicking HERE.

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