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     April 6, 2020      #5F-97 SsK

KLASEY: Remembering the Redwood Inn 


By Jack Klasey

On May 12, 1974, Al and Jane Meyer had guests for Sunday dinner — 2,405 of them.

That Sunday was Mother’s Day, traditionally the busiest day of the year for restaurants, and the Meyers operated one of Kankakee’s most popular eating places, the Redwood Inn. For more than three decades — from 1964 to 1998 — more than 300,000 guests each year enjoyed smorgasbord (buffet-style) meals at the restaurant, located along Interstate 57 at the south edge of Kankakee.

Kankakee’s Redwood Inn was the fourth restaurant opened by William L. Thompson, a Paxton ...

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