Route 66 Motorheads Bar and Grill will open in March

Route 66 Motorheads Bar & Grill in Springfield, Illinois, which contains memorabilia from Route 66 sites in central Illinois, is slated to open in March. The Springfield State Journal-Register reported the former Stuckey's restaurant on Toronto Road on the west side of Interstate 55 will open its bar and gaming room in mid-March, its grill … Continue reading Route 66 Motorheads Bar and Grill will open in March

Site of Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum back up for sale

The site of the Shea's Route 66 Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is back up for sale, but the owner still is considering acquiring a business partner to help keep its Route 66 look. Tim Landis, business editor of the Springfield State Journal-Register, reported on the change in his weekly column: Owner Randy Pickett … Continue reading Site of Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum back up for sale

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea's Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, which closed and its contents auctioned after the death of its longtime owner in 2013, will reopen this summer as a Route 66-themed auto-repair business. Local classic-car aficionados Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold plan to convert the vacant building to an auto-repair and maintenance shop with a Route 66 … Continue reading Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Saturday that allows motorcyclists to buy a special Illinois Route 66 license plate that benefits the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway fund. Rauner signed the bill at the historic Mahan service station at Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta on Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois. Fulgenzi's purchased and moved the … Continue reading Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Springfield may add TIF district to section of Route 66

Springfield, Illinois, may add a tax-increment financing district to declining Peoria Road, which is historic Route 66 in the town's north side. TIF districts are where taxes from rising property-tax values are used to pay a part of renovation costs or infrastructure improvements for businesses. Anecdotal evidence existed the Peoria Road district was in decline, but WRSP-TV had … Continue reading Springfield may add TIF district to section of Route 66

Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

The historic Mahan gas station that sat at the now-closed Shea's Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, was moved Sunday about a quarter-mile north to its new owner, Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta, reported the State Journal-Register. Owner Jeff Fulgenzi told the newspaper he plans to restore it as much as possible to its original state. It was placed … Continue reading Mahan gas station moved to restaurant

Local businessman buys Shea’s Mahan gas station

The historic Mahan gas station that Bill Shea restored at his Shea's Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, before his death was bought at auction by a local business owner and will be moved in the next month to his property -- also on Route 66. Jeff Fulgenzi of Fulgenzi's Pizza & Pasta at 1168 Sangamon Ave. in … Continue reading Local businessman buys Shea’s Mahan gas station

Online auction for Shea’s Museum items begins today

More than 200 items from the closed Shea's Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, are going up for auction online today. If you can't bid right away, no worries -- the auction continues through Nov. 22. The link to the auction site by Darrell L. Adcock Auction Service is here. I surfed over the the … Continue reading Online auction for Shea’s Museum items begins today

North Springfield suffers from a drop in tourism

The north side of Springfield, Illinois, is struggling economically because of a decrease in Route 66 tourism there, reported WRSP-TV. Apparently the situation has declined so much, alderman John Fulgenzi has met with the mayor's office and congressmen to figure out what to do about Peoria Road, aka Route 66. In the mid-20th century, if you ever … Continue reading North Springfield suffers from a drop in tourism

Auctions of Shea’s Gas Station Museum begin

A series of auctions of the Shea's Gas Station Museum in Springfield, Illinois, began Saturday, according to the State Journal-Register newspaper. The gas-station museum's longtime owner, Bill Shea, died at age 91 in December 2013. The Shea family requested offers for the museum, but apparently had no takers. Shea's son, Bill Shea Jr., said it was sad to … Continue reading Auctions of Shea’s Gas Station Museum begin