Saturday, March 11, 2006

End of an Era

Tonight was the end of an era for a landmark restaurant in Byron. The current owners have owned the Indian Village for more than 30 years and they are in their early 60's. The Indian Village has been around much longer -- my parents used to come down here for dinner way back when. Tonight was a private party for the regulars and old customers! We've been going there almost every week since we moved down here in 1994. The owner also is a bricklayer and he helped build our 3 fireplaces when we built this house. Coincidentally, I had worked with his wife way back in the 60's in the bank!
The restaurant was bought by the state finally, to make room to expand the road. The road would have come right up to the front door -- and the back door is the Rock River -- absolutely no where to go. So, we said goodbye to a landmark tonight and wish the owners well in their new life of semi-retirement! It was a bittersweet time tonight!


dot said...

Its always sad when special places and land marks go by the wayside. As they say, You don't know what you have til its gone.

Laurie said...

How sad...I can't imagine losing a restaurant that I ate at every week and loved the people there. I'm glad you were able to give it a fine farewell!

Jeanne said...

It's nice to be part of a community and its history like that!