DeKalb – After a successful 68-year long legacy in downtown DeKalb, The Hillside Restaurant at 121 N. Second St. is closing for good.
Gavin and Mary Wilson took over the original Hillside Restaurant location in 1989, but this restaurant has a much longer history of serving some of the most iconic food to the residents of DeKalb county, starting in 1955.
The restaurant owners announced the closure of Hillside in a Facebook post Feb. 19. The post described a beautiful history that owners said was more than 2 million home-cooked meals served and thousands of patrons over the years, from college students to famous people, and the everyday residents in between.
This announcement also showcased menu favorites, such as Crab with Pita Chips, Butternut Bisque, Chocolate Cake, Rhubarb Pie, Chicken Alfredo with Schnitzel.
“Our time to retire from the restaurant business has come, as we leave with a full plate of happy memories,” the Facebook post reads.
It’s reported that another owner will be taking the location in another direction – with a new name and an entirely new menu. Gavin Wilson plans to leave the kitchen fully equipped to ensure a smooth transition to what is hopefully the start of a new history for the location.
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