Geneva Restaurant Closes After 78 Years

GENEVA, Ill. (WBBM) — The doors are closed for good at a landmark restaurant in the Fox River valley.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the Mill Race Inn in Geneva served its last meal Sunday night.

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Charlie Roumeliotis, the owner of the Mill Race Inn at 4 E. State St. in Geneva, said he had to close in part because of the toll the economy took on dining out.

Ironically, the restaurant opened in 1933 during the Great Depression, but couldn’t survive the Great Recession.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns tells the Daily Herald that losing an institution such as the Mill Race Inn is “gut-wrenching,” but says it’s a sign of an evolving community.

He says the western suburb looks forward to redeveloping the site.

In past recessions, restaurants have led the recovery, but not this time.

Technomic, a restaurant consulting firm, says even with the economy improving, consumers are only going out to eat on special occasions.

Visits to restaurants are projected to grow less than 1 percent a year, compared to as much as 7 percent before the economy tanked.

  • Renee Guagenti Cybul

    A combination of bad parking, mediocre food, and catering to seniors has caused the decline in patronship. They have not moved forward with the times. Hopefully a new place will take over and improve upon the Mill Race Inn’s issues.

  • Kelly Kay

    Dicey parking, but at least there was a lot immediately adjacent to the restaurant.
    Food was road house adequate, but senior like that sort of stuff.
    Its not easy to find a place with a decent p menu with appetizer entree and dessert at a reasonable price where you can take your parents.
    We took the kids there when they were young to eat while looking at the river and to feed the ducks from the dock with leftover table rolls. We will miss it

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  • Dan Rakow

    I pray somebody will buy this place hopfully it will be just as good as Mill Race Inn.

  • Dan

    Remember Plentywood Farm in Bensenville, gone and replaced by houses. Someone will want to knock MRI down and probably put riverside condos with a private terrace on this site.

    How about the place in Skokie Elliot’s Pine log, that was another one, condos now.

  • tom

    I agree with both Dans – I’ll miss the MRI, and I’m sure it’ll get plowed under to make room for condos. Damn shame.

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