Palms Grill Cafe is Back Up for Lease

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

The lease for the Palms Grill Café on Historic Rt. 66 in Atlanta, Illinois is now open to interested parties wishing to manage this unique small town café.

Step back in time at The Palms Grill Café—one of the Mother Road’s premier Rt. 66 attractions. Opened in 1934, “the Grill” served up home-cooked meals, along with BINGO games and weekly dances in its backroom. The Grill closed in the late 1960s.

Now restored to its circa 1930s look, the Palms Grill Café reopened in April of 2009 and once again began serving its blue-plate specials to Rt. 66 travelers and visitors. Bus tours, senior groups, Red Hat Societies, and individuals young and old from across the country and globe, have all been welcomed to the Palms Grill Café over the past several years. The Grill has a loyal and enthusiastic following on such travel/tourism review sites as: Tripadvisor, Yelp, Yahoo! Travel,, and Mamabzz. The Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide describes the Palms Grill Café as “a very special must stop” place on the Mother Road.

The Palms Grill Café is a turnkey operation. It is fully equipped and will only require a new manager to supply an initial inventory of food and hire his/her staff to operate it. The Grill seats 47 in its main dining area, which includes a counter with 11 stools. Its backroom seats 60. The building is approximately 1800 sq ft.

The Atlanta Public Library owns the Downey Building in which the Palms Grill Café is located, and acts as the Landlord of the property. The lease for the Palms Grill Café runs from May1st through April 30th, with an annual option to renew.

Leasing/Managing the Palms Grill Café is an excellent opportunity for the right person. Interested individuals are required to submit a Business Plan/Proposal using a template available on the Atlanta Public Library’s website or by request via email at: or via phone at: 217-648-2112.

For more information, contact:
James Welchel, President
Atlanta Public Library
Post Office Box 568
Atlanta, Illinois 61723

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