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|Major Changes to The Packinghouse
|A downtown Galesburg restaurant is about to undergo major changes, precipitated in part by some changes the owner wants to make in his life.
Owner of The Packinghouse -- Jay Matson -- says he will close the restaurant starting Sunday, running until a week from Tuesday (March 20), in order to do remodeling of the inside of the restaurant, and overhaul the menu, thanks to the hiring of award-winning chef Mick Hug.
Matson tells WGIL the restaurant changes have little to do with the economy, and everything to do with him wanting to move on in life.
"If you really want to cut to the chase, [Jay's wife] Mary and I want to retire," Matson said, laughing. "Part of this was looking for some kind of way the business could go on. We felt like it's very important because of our experience with Phil [Dickinson] and The Landmark, and we know how well that success has continued with an owner-operator, we're looking at Mick as having the potential to be that ongoing tradition."
Matson says the biggest changes will be the food -- which will be all made-from scratch, and will feature all kinds of new choices -- and the addition of a full bar.
The hours will also change somewhat, too, allowing for the restaurant to be open all day, and Matson says that will allow for more employees.
"That's probably the most exciting part, is that being open all day, and having extended hours, and having the bar, we'll have probably close to 15 new full- and part-time jobs. It's something that's positive for everybody. It's going to be positive for the community, and it's been a long since we've been able to do something like that," Matson said.
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 10 12 by Newsroom
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