A closer look at Shorty's Bar and Grill

WATSEKA, Ill. (WCIA) -- Shorty's Bar and Grill never fell short of expectation.  

“Once he brought it in, it really kind of took off.”

Mayor John Allhands was a loyal customer.

“The sad thing is this was kind of one of the anchors for this side of Main Street, so it’s going to be missed.

Dan McCullough was the owner and artist.

“It was kind of run down when we got it. We spent a lot of time in there and changed a lot of things...cleaned it up.”

McCullough watched the flames turn his treasure into ash.  

As the two watched the blaze, they reflect on all to recent memories.

“I leave for work early, and he’s got a big crowd there for breakfast.”

“Christmas we had all kinds of parties. We catered here and catered there, fed a lot of people at Christmas time. New Years’ Eve, we had a prime rib lunch special and fed I think 70 people.”

He never thought he'd see a place that brought so many people together, fall to pieces. 

But where there's a legacy, there's a new foundation to rise from tragedy.

So to all the Shorty's fans, McCullough says, don't worry. 

“There’ll be something there somewhere. Somewhere in this town, we will surface again.”

 


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