Parthenios to close, restaurant available

Photo by Frank Schier

This saturday, Aug. 7, will be the last day Parthenios Luncheonette, 132 N. Church St., will be open, said John Parthenios. John and his brother Jim have operated the restaurant since 1968. When asked why he was closing, John said: “Because enough is enough. How long am I supposed to go? I’m 73 years old!” Jim has been in St. Anthony’s Hospital for three months with a variety of health problems. The Parthenois brothers began their restaurant careers in Beloit in 1962 with the State Café, Coney Island and Park Avenue Doughnut Shop. They also owned the Redwood Restaurant at 307 S. Main St. (now Sammy’s) from 1968 to 1995. They owned Johnson’s Restaurant, 312 W. State St., from 1969 to 1973. John said the Church Street business is for sale: “If they have brains, they can come here and make money. It is an excellent location. Call (815) 229-1984 if you are interested.”

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