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Atlanta Library seeks new management for the Palms Grill

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[December 20, 2013]  ATLANTA — This week, Bill Thomas of the Atlanta Public Library released an update on the situation at the Palms Grill in Atlanta.

Thomas wrote in an email:

"Tom and Peggy Payne, of Lincoln, are currently acting as interim managers of The Grill and intend to submit an application. However, in the interest of making sure everyone with a possible interest in managing The Grill is afforded the chance to apply, the Atlanta Public Library is opening the process to the general public.

"The Grill is, and will remain, open throughout the Library's process of identifying and selecting a new, full-time manager."

Below is the accompanying news release regarding the search for a new manager:


The lease for the Palms Grill Café on Historic Rt. 66 in Atlanta, Illinois is now open to interested parties wishing to submit an application to manage this unique small town café.

Step back in time at The Palms Grill Café—one of the Mother Road’s premier Rt. 66 attractions. Opened in 1934, "the Grill" served up home-cooked meals, BINGO games, and weekly dances in its backroom. The Grill then closed in the late 1960s.

Now restored to its circa 1935 look, the Palms Grill Café reopened in April of 2009 and once again began serving its blue-plate specials to Rt. 66 travelers and visitors. Bus tours, senior groups, Red Hat Societies, and individuals young & old from across the country and globe, have all been welcomed to the Palms Grill Café over the past several years. The Grill has a loyal and enthusiastic following on such travel/tourism review sites as: Tripadvisor, Yelp, Yahoo! Travel,, and Mamabzz. The Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide describes the Palms Grill Café as "a very special must stop" place on the Mother Road.

The Palms Grill Café is a turnkey operation. It is fully equipped and will only require a new manager to supply an initial inventory of food and hire his/her staff to operate it. The Grill seats 47 in its main dining area, which includes 7 tables, plus a counter with 11 stools. Its backroom seats up to 60. The building is approximately 1800 sq ft.

Leasing/Managing the Palms Grill Café is an excellent opportunity for the right person.

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The following timeline details the steps to take for anyone interested in applying for this opportunity:

January 17, 2014 – Business Plan/Proposal due. [See attached required details.]

Feb 5, 2014 – Business Plan/Proposal Presentation to Atlanta Library Board of Trustees

March 5, 2014 – New Leaseholder/Manager of the Palms Grill Cafe Selected

May 1, 2014 – Palms Grill Café lease begins and property available to move into/begin operations

The Atlanta Public Library owns the Downey Building in which the Palms Grill Café is located, and acts as the Landlord of the property. The lease for the Palms Grill Café runs from May 1st through April 30th, with an annual option to renew. In order to keep The Grill open to the public, an interim manager is currently operating the cafe during the period in which the Atlanta Library seeks a new full time manager.

For more information, contact:

Bill Thomas, Treasurer
Atlanta Public Library
Post Office Box 166
Atlanta, Illinois 61723


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