Owners plan Green Gables comeback with new features, same old charm
PEORIA (25 News Now) - Months after the restaurant was destroyed in a fire, the husband-wife owners of Green Gables are planning to rebuild the green staple.
Green Gables has been in the family of Amy Tague for three generations. Her grandparents first opened it in 1952. This year would have been the 70th anniversary of the restaurant’s opening. Now, they have the unusual opportunity of reinventing the restaurant from the ground up.
“It took a while for my wife and I to get on board, we had the tragic fire and we had to get our thoughts gathered about it,” her husband, Kyle Tague said. “Took us a while to think clearly on if we wanted to rebuild or not.”
The original building was entirely destroyed in the fire, and the place where Green Gables once stood is an empty lot. Co-owner Kyle said they worked for months on different plans and ideas for the new space. Some things they want to keep intact, like the green exterior and characteristic white pillars at the door.
However, there are some new amenities planned inspired by changes in the dining industry since 2020. They plan to add a second grill, a takeout window, and a beer garden for outdoor dining.
“With COVID and takeout and everything like that it’s kind of a necessity now,” Kyle said. “Our customers really want it as well.”
The changes come with a price tag of $1.2 million. Kyle attributes the large cost to the high price of building materials. He’s hoping prices may go down by the time construction starts.
The timeline is up in the air, and they are still early in the process. They recently got their designs approved by the zoning board. Now, they’re looking for an architect and builder. Kyle said they hope to start construction in the spring once the ground thaws out, and possibly be ready to reopen in October or November of 2023.
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