Lil Fiesta Mexican restaurant opens alongside historic Route 66
The operators of The Massive Occasion are bringing the celebration to the Mom Street.
Lil Fiesta on Route 66 opens Friday alongside a stretch of Springfield’s authentic historic Route 66 at 1101 S. Ninth St. Taqueria Moroleon most not too long ago operated from the small brick cafe, however the website is finest generally known as the previous house of Sonrise Donuts.
“It’s a nice location,” proprietor Omar Hernandez stated. “Route 66 is known all through the entire nation, the entire world.”
Hernandez is leaning into that historical past with a mural that appears like a pink fin-tailed Cadillac is cruising proper from the parking zone onto the outside partitions of the constructing. The mural additionally captures the downtown Springfield skyline with the greeting “Bienvenidos a Springfield, Illinois. Bienvenidos is Spanish for “welcome.”
Hernandez stated Lil Fiesta’s menu will carry some signature dishes discovered at its namesake at 2830 Adlai Stevenson Drive. However the lineup additionally will characteristic some extra genuine Mexican dishes from his hometown of Jalisco, Mexico just like the torta ahogada – a “drowned sandwich” that has a crusty roll crammed with pork carnitas and pink onions dipped in a pink chile sauce.
Different choices will embrace genuine Mexican burgers and hotdogs seasoned with Mexican spices.
Working hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday and 11 a.m. to eight p.m. Sunday. Cellphone: (217) 970-4032.
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Lil Fiesta provides a name out to different native highlights alongside Route 66 through logos featured on the Caddy – corresponding to on the native detailing store Recon Techs. Hernandez stated an analogous brand is deliberate for Route 66 Motorheads Bar & Grill at 600 Toronto Street.
It’s a becoming tribute to the enterprise that at present homes half of the neon “Sonrise Donut Espresso Bar” signal that greeted vacationers alongside the historic route for seven a long time.
The 6-by-8-foot neon and porcelain signal was faraway from the Ninth Avenue tackle in 2019 after town of Springfield bought the historic icon at public sale for $22,000. The 2-sided signal with its rising orange globe radiating yellow rays has been cut up up with half hanging at Ace Signal Museum at 2540 S. First St. and the opposite half at Motorheads till town identifies a everlasting house for the landmark.
Cafe spin-off has a reputation
Chatham Cafe’s spin-off deliberate for the previous McDonald’s constructing on MacArthur Boulevard has a reputation – The Capital Cafe.
Lu Asani – who co-owns the undertaking along with her husband Kenny – stated exterior renovations to the constructing at 1825 S. MacArthur Blvd., which final housed the golden arches, are accomplished. Inside renovations are underway, she stated.
Whereas Asani stated she isn’t in a position to announce a gap date, she did say the undertaking is on monitor to open earlier than 12 months’s finish.
Drink wine, odor the flowers
Bloom Wine Bar & Florals opens Nov. 18 on the downtown Springfield sq..
The gathering spot at 2 S. Outdated State Capitol Plaza – subsequent to the Lincoln-Herndon Legislation Workplaces State Historic Web site – blends an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink lineup with an appetizer menu and reduce florals for the selecting.
Meals choices embrace appetizers, flatbreads, build-your-own-charcuterie boards, and desserts all made on website. A full wine record contains labels from the Petersburg-based West of Clever Vineyardcocktails, mocktails, and craft beers.
Recent-cut floral choices can be found for build-your-own or ready bouquets. All flowers are domestically grown.
Kitchen hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to five p.m. Sunday. Working hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The area additionally is accessible for personal occasions.
Bloom Wine Bar & Florals is owned by Brittney Robinson, Caitlin Becker, and Hannah Goss.
New pizza choice in Sherman
Domino’s opens within the Sherman Crossing growth on Monday.
The Michigan-based, multi-national pizza chain now sports activities its acquainted red-and blue domino tile at 139 Illini Boulevard in Sherman.
Domino’s normal menu of pizzas, rooster, salads, pasta, and appetizers is accessible for supply or carry-out.
Working hours are 10:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday by means of Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Cellphone: (217) 480-9191.
The enterprise is the newest owned by the identical Domino’s franchise that operates the pizza model within the Springfield market.
The Sherman location is the 137th outlet for the St. Louis-based MBR Administration which has eating places all through Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky.
The corporate entered the Springfield market in 2016 with the acquisition of an present Domino’s location and rapidly moved to develop the model establishing strip malls anchored by Domino’s at 2660 S. Fifth St. and 3100 W. Iles Ave.
The franchise additionally owns the Domino’s in Lincoln, which moved right into a newly constructed constructing at 410 Keokuk St. earlier this 12 months.
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