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Famous Illinois Restaurant Now Open

It took over six months, but the Route 66 Family Restaurant in Dwight has reopened. The Ahmedi family decided to do complete remodeling of their popular restaurant. The results are outstanding. The Route 66 theme is still very predominate. The first thing that you will notice is the entrance has been completely remodeled. A motorcycle even hangs in this new entrance way. Much thought was given to the new layout in-side.

New and enlarged bathrooms and the very attractive souvenir area are to the left as you enter. The main dining area is broken into two sections. One is booths and the other is for booths and tables. The restaurant is very popular, so it was important to have a free flowing floor layout for the convenience of servers. This will also hold true for when one of the Route 66 tour buses are visiting.

No detail was overlooked. The kitchen is now very open and convenient for the cooking staff. Deliveries do not need to come in through the customer section, they go directly to the storage or freezer area. The inside of the restaurants woodwork is all hand finished by the family and is beautiful and practical. Along the entire upper wall surrounding the dining area is a hand painted mural that travels from Chicago to LA. The entire artwork took over 120 hours to create by local artist Steve Conner known affectionately by the locals as the Conman. (See if you can locate his signature on the artwork.)

Steve also added to and freshened up the famous outdoor wall murals that he painted years ago. Plans are to add more artwork to the outside of the new addition. The parking area has also been enlarged and is now all concrete.

As attractive and practical as all this is, the most important thing is the food. It is still as good and abundant as it has always has been. It is important to point out that Tripadvisor awarded them a 2020 Travelers Choice, “Best of the Best” award. This puts them in Tripadvisor’s top ten percent of restaurants worldwide. In the past, the Route 66 Family Restaurant has been honored with many additional awards. You can view some of them in the display cabinets in the new entrance way.

We are very fortunate to have this hard-working family and their outstanding restaurant on Route 66 here in Illinois.

The Route 66 Family Restaurant is open 365 days a year. They are located on original Route 66 and Route 17 in Dwight. Please support all of our Route 66 communities and businesses.

Courtesy John Weiss