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|Former Restaurant Reopening In Spring
|It was announced Wednesday that the former Packinghouse Dining Company in Galesburg will be reopening under new ownership.
The restaurant closed last June after the former owners retired, but the building was leased to Todd Erling's Chop House.
With the closure of that business, Kevin Cerar decided to take the reigns and reopen the Packinghouse Dining Company.
Former Packinghouse Owner Jay Matson tells WGIL Cerar came to him wanting to trademark the name.
"What he was interested in was obtaining the proprietary information we had: the recipes and so forth and wanted to bring back some of the popular items and also he wanted to trademark our name which we were thrilled to give him," says Matson.
The Matsons will only be acting as landlord with the reopening - which according to a press release will be in April.
Cerar tells WGIL he approached the Matsons with the idea in January.
"I gave them a couple of days and thought about it and I thought to myself 'if someone would bring back, and has such a reputation to bring back the old Packinghouse, with a little bit of a flair of my own, I think it would be a win-win situation'," says Cerar.
Both new and previous owners said they are pleased that the integrity of the food will be kept intact. Matson tells WGIL he was flattered by the proposal.
"I think Kevin understands our part of the country and I think he understands what will keep Galesburg customers happy and we've got a big regional trade just as his Father's restaurant," says Matson.
Matson said in their discussions with Cerar, he mentioned bringing pack the cinnamon rolls, slow cooked prime rib and the salad bar. Cerar tells WGIL there won't be too many surprises.
"It's a meat and potatoes area and I just have to do my part and get the job done," says Cerar. "I don't do a lot of talking I just have to get there and get it done."
He went on to say he plans to employ about 45 people and that there are plenty of details that still need to be worked out, including: cooks, wait staff, and janitorial.
(The Packinghouse. WGIL News File Photo.)
|02 06 13 by Newsroom
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