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Old Jul 4, 2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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Anybody remember the name of a bar and pizza joint on 4th and Daniels, maybe in between Daniels and John? Thick crust, pretty good stuff for a late night munch...

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Old Jul 4, 2014, 09:24 PM   #2
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I remember eating there ... name escapes me at the moment. We had -40F weather and big snow (winter of '77 I think). The university closed down ... so we went there for pizza that night.
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Old Jul 4, 2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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Think you're thinking of Illini Inn/Second Story Pizza
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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You might be right. Google maps show its still there (Illini Inn) but closed.
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 08:37 AM   #5
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Oh, the Mug Club? Place was an institution. Didn't know it was gone.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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The Illini Inn closed???? How can that be? Breaks my heart.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 10:20 AM   #7
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That's it, thanks fellas. Got many a 'za late nights, living a block away...

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 10:28 AM   #8
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Willie's Thick & Sleezy? (actually called Willie's Thick & Cheesy) - is that it?

...and it would be a shame if the mug club is closed. I still have the card in my wallet - member since 1980
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 11:18 AM   #9
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Yes, I had my Mug Club membership a well...obviously!!

901 S. 4th, basically the corner of 4th and Daniel...

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 12:32 PM   #10
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Willie's Thick & Sleezy? (actually called Willie's Thick & Cheesy) - is that it?

...and it would be a shame if the mug club is closed. I still have the card in my wallet - member since 1980
That's it (Willie's).

Argh! What is the world coming to?

I didn't frequent the Inn often (wrong sides of campus), but when I did...

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 02:00 PM   #11
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Cannot believe I never joined the mug club
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 02:25 PM   #12
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The Illini Inn is most certainly not closed. The pizza place above closed and changes names every like 2 years. There's usually a line of drunk people around 1am waiting for a $2.50 slice of pizza. I know the pizza place and Illini Inn are not associated. It was Second Story pizza my sophomore year, but it is not anymore.

My favorite Illini Inn tradition is during hockey games, in between periods, you try to run to the bar, chug your beer, and run back before the team is back on the ice.
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 02:31 PM   #13
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Goin' off on a tangent, but only because a bunch of posters here are reminiscing about the same era...

Remember the Red Lion? Saw a bunch of bands there, but, curiously (lol), the only one I recall was the power pop group The Rave. Those guys whipped the crowd into a frenzy every night. This was around '78-'79.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 02:33 PM   #14
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The Illini Inn is most certainly not closed. The pizza place above closed and changes names every like 2 years. There's usually a line of drunk people around 1am waiting for a $2.50 slice of pizza. I know the pizza place and Illini Inn are not associated. It was Second Story pizza my sophomore year, but it is not anymore.

My favorite Illini Inn tradition is during hockey games, in between periods, you try to run to the bar, chug your beer, and run back before the team is back on the ice.
Thank God. There is hope for the world, after all.

Thanks for the info.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 02:55 PM   #15
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That pizza place was called Bonnie Jean's in my day. It has changed several times.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 03:03 PM   #16
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Goin' off on a tangent, but only because a bunch of posters here are reminiscing about the same era...

Remember the Red Lion? Saw a bunch of bands there, but, curiously (lol), the only one I recall was the power pop group The Rave. Those guys whipped the crowd into a frenzy every night. This was around '78-'79.
Was Red Lion a bar at Green and Third? Because my freshmen year the bar there changed its name from Station to Red Lion, and I always thought that was just a random name.
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Old Jul 5, 2014, 03:50 PM   #17
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Was Red Lion a bar at Green and Third? Because my freshmen year the bar there changed its name from Station to Red Lion, and I always thought that was just a random name.
Either Green & Third or Green & Second, south side of Green. Probably Third, 'cause it wasn't as far down as the Horse.

I have no recollection of The Station. Was always the Red Lion from '77 on, AFAIK.

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Old Jul 5, 2014, 03:55 PM   #18
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Was Red Lion a bar at Green and Third? Because my freshmen year the bar there changed its name from Station to Red Lion, and I always thought that was just a random name.
31, this might help you with the Red Lion...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQgG6UuDY6A

REO played there many times before they made it big. When REO toured for the "You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" album, '79 IIRC, we went to see them at Assembly Hall (that's what I call it, that's what I'll always call it!). Went to the Red Lion after for a few beers, probably no more than 20 people in the place...Tuesday night, around 11. Guess who walks in? Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath. We all knew who they were, but left them alone, other than to tell them great show. After they had a couple beers, they grabbed a couple acoutics from behind the bar and gave us our own concert...frickin awesome!!!

Never forget that night...

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Old Jul 7, 2014, 12:04 PM   #19
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Station was the god awful bar they turned Bub's into. No idea what it became after Station, but for most of my tenure in Champaign it was Bub's.
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Old Jul 7, 2014, 01:07 PM   #20
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Station was the god awful bar they turned Bub's into. No idea what it became after Station, but for most of my tenure in Champaign it was Bub's.
It turned into Red Lion. That's why I was confused.
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 06:09 PM   #21
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Anyone recall Doc J's? I loved that place. Monster cheese fries probably took 5 years off my life.

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Old Jul 9, 2014, 06:46 PM   #22
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Anyone recall Doc J's? I loved that place. Monster cheese fries probably took 5 years off my life.
Where was it at, Dayton?

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Old Jul 9, 2014, 09:31 PM   #23
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Where was it at, Dayton?
6th and Daniel ???
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Old Jul 9, 2014, 10:04 PM   #24
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6th and Daniel ???
NE corner of that intersection. Just down from Kam's. Great Chicago Dogs and cheese fries. I use to go there almost every night for a late night snack.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 07:34 AM   #25
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Dayton, can't say I remember that place, when were you in school? I was there fall '78 thru spring '81...

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