Restaurants

CORRECTION: Country Gardens is not for sale

The Country Gardens Restaurant by Interstate 57 on Paxton’s west side is not for sale, its owner said.


Mareci's Bakery set to open in upcoming days

PAXTON — When Dawn Long and Shannon Wurmnest were growing up, the two sisters spent a lot of their time baking in the kitchen with their mother, Judy Mareci, or with other relatives.

So it’s only fitting that Long and her younger sister are back to doing just that — and with their mother, too.


Grand opening for Coffee & Friends slated for Oct. 9

PAXTON — The grand opening of Coffee & Friends, a bakery and coffee shop on downtown Paxton’s north side, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.


Q&A with Harvest Ale House owner Ben Grice

Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve sat down Monday with Ben Grice to talk about Grice’s new restaurant and bar, the Harvest Ale House, located at 102 S. Market St. The following is the full give-and-take ...

Leading up to this week’s grand opening, you held a number of private parties to test things out. How many did you do?


Harvest Ale House fills void in downtown Paxton

PAXTON — On Tuesday afternoon, the time finally arrived that Ben Grice had been looking forward to for so long.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, the 39-year-old Paxton restaurateur officially opened the Harvest Ale House at 4 p.m. in the long-vacant building at 102 S. Market St., once the home of The 102 Lounge.


Bayern Stube owners selling, not closing

GIBSON CITY — When folks talk about Gibson City, one of the first things that always comes up is the Bayern Stube, the German restaurant that’s been a fixture in the community of about 3,400 since its opening in 1991.

“It’s our page view,” said Tim Shafer, president of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce.


Harvest Ale House finally set to open

PAXTON — It’s been three long years since Ben Grice announced he would be opening a restaurant at the former site of The 102 Lounge in downtown Paxton.

And, finally, the time has come.

Grice announced Tuesday that a grand opening for his newest restaurant venture — the Harvest Ale House, located at 102 S. Market St. — is set for Tuesday, Aug. 1.


'It's not Pizza Hut'

PAXTON — Last week, signs along Interstate 57 to the north and south of Paxton still listed a Pizza Hut restaurant as one of the food stops in town.

Just off the highly traveled interstate, the one-story restaurant with a bright-red roof at 506 John St. still resembled a Pizza Hut, too.


Three Boys Diner expected to open soon in Paxton

PAXTON — It probably won’t take long before customers of Three Boys Diner begin to put names to the three faces that appear on the diner’s signage.

“You’ll see them a lot,” the diner’s co-owner, Brittani Alvarado, said about her three sons — 10-year-old Symon, 8-year-old Aaron and 6-year-old Angel, who goes by “Bubba.”


Gibson City welcomes new restaurant — Los Caminos Mexican Grill

GIBSON CITY — Maria and Blake Adams had never operated their own restaurant before, so when they decided to open their doors for business for the first time over the lunch hour Sunday, they were well aware that everything might not go perfectly.


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