Saturday, the Bechely family will celebrate thirty-five years of ownership of the Iroquois Café. There’s going to be a great party in Iroquois,
Illinois (population of just over 200 people). I wish I could go.
I first visited the Iroquois Café in the summer of 1980. Since then, I've been to restaurants in at least 35-40 states. The Iroquois Café is my favorite.
Joe and Pat Bechely bought the place in the 1970s. Several of their children worked for them. At some point, Joe and Pat sold the place to their son - John. John’s children work there with him now. Someday, one of them will probably own the place. She may pass it on to her children.
Generations of Bechelys have served generations of
I’ve taken my boys and they love the place. They proudly sport Iroquois Café t-shirts.
So, what makes it special?
To my big city raised friends, this will seem like I’m spinning a tale - but I’m not: some Iroquois
The food is amazing. Iroquois Café breakfasts are affordable, sizeable, and way beyond good. The lunch and dinner entrees are diverse and delicious. Nothing on the menu breaks the bank.
Service is always excellent. At times, I've wondered if I receive special treatment because I know the owner. That's not the case. I visited a few times recently and didn't see a Bechely – it still felt like I was being served by friends.
The Bechely family and the employees of the Iroquois Café are hard working and dedicated. In an age of chain restaurants and big box stores, hard work and dedication don’t keep a business going for thirty-five years. Treating people well does. The Bechelys treat people well.
Congratulations to the Bechely family! Best wishes for another thirty five years.
For my non-Iroquois County friends: The Iroquois Café, in Iroquois, Illinois, is fifteen minutes from Watseka and less than two hours from Chicago’s loop. It’s a short side trip from I-57 in