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
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,
RoadsideAmerica.com, 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
the Palms Grill Café is an excellent opportunity for the right
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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
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
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
Bill Thomas, Treasurer
Atlanta Public Library
Post Office Box 166
Atlanta, Illinois 61723
[Text copied from file received]