Ridott Corners offers monster burgers at a great price

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“Burgers so big it’s like meatloaf on a bun—there’s no room for lettuce and tomatoes!”

At age 8, Bill learned to cook these monster burgers from his grandma.

Since 1929, this country tavern on Highway 20 has catered to third-shift workers.

“We’re one of a few bars where you can have fun before lunch,” Bill said.

A game of pool still costs 50 cents. As Bill said, “It’s supposed to be fun, not expensive.”

If you prefer darts or video games—there’s plenty of variety.

Bill wants people to know Ridott Corners has “the friendliest bartenders and clientele around and ‘the best cleaning lady in the business.’ If we’re open, the grill is on, and the bathrooms are clean.”

Bill’s family has operated Ridott Corners for 27 years, and he looks forward to 30 more.

Bill and his wife, Emily, are partners with Roger and Beth Sproule of Freeport. (Roger was raised in Galena, where his dad owned an antique shop.)

This quaint spot is great for a birthday party. For the price of a keg, you can use of the facility, bring your own food and belly up to the bar.

Ridott Corners also caters smaller receptions with a burger buffet and sides to your liking. They will deliver 20 or more burgers in the area on a day’s notice.

In recent years, they added a deck. During the summer, live bands perform two to three times a month from a trailer with a tent pitched over the parking lot.

Whether you’re a biker, car enthusiast or music lover, plan a weekend getaway to attend their Rock-a-Palooza June 15-18. Watch for details.

And, of course, during football season you can enjoy watching “Da Bears” on the bar’s big-screen TV.

Ridott Corners—a great place to bond with family and make new friends.

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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