You Gotta Eat: Palms Grill Cafe

We’re going to take you back in time to Atlanta, Illinois for this segment of “You Gotta Eat”.

Morning anchor Semone Doughton takes us inside a very unique restaurant where everything is old expect the food.

Driving up to the Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta, you can’t help but notice the resemblance it has to the same cafe that was here back in the 1930’s.

“We wanted people to step back in time when they came in here,” said volunteer Bill Thomas.

That was the plan city officials in Atlanta was hoping to capture, and boy did they serve it up!

Thomas is a volunteer who handles marketing and guest relations at the Palms Grill Café, a restaurant and museum that is actually owned by the town’s public library.

“It is the town’s museum upstairs. It’s above the restaurant. The Atlanta Museum but we look upon the cafe itself as sort of a living museum,” said Thomas.

Upstairs, you’ll find all sorts of historical relics that date back to the 1800’s, the Korean War, the Civil War, and even artifacts worn by Abraham Lincoln himself.

But OK, let’s talk food…on the menu there’s a lot of entrees to choose from, but my choice was a double meat cheeseburger with fries and an ice cold glass of lemonade.

And honestly, I had to open wide in order to bite down on– what was one of the juiciest burgers I’ve ever eaten.

But other customers have their own favorites.

“I come in here for the fried bologna because it brings back my childhood memories. Ha ha ha,” said customer Cindy Gills.

The Palms Grill Cafe has some very loyal customers who come in for all sorts of dishes. But apparently the fried bologna is pretty popular here.

“The first time we ever came here they were out of bologna and they actually went to the store and bought bologna and made us the sandwich,” said customer Daryl Yoder.

So if the food isn’t enough to bring you through the doors of the Palms Grill Cafe, go inside and check out a piece of history – from the old pinball machine to the old themed cash register that still works…and the antique telephone that still rings.

But if that doesn’t work for you, stop in for a little small talk with some very good people.

The newly restored Palms Grill Cafe has been around for 9 years now. It operates on a shorter schedule during the winter months and is open longer hours during the warmer season.

Tim Shelley

Tim Shelley

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