87-year-old Old Barn restaurant closes in Burbank

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Before the city of Burbank was established, the Old Barn restaurant was there, a place where patrons could get a meal and a shot of liquor, even when alcohol was prohibited.
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gloria

Evergreen Park, IL

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#24
Jan 16, 2009
 
sas or whoeever ..Do you or anyone know of any contacts to obtain tax forms from old barn please respond to Yourmomsadvice@yahoo.com
Moises Sandoval

Westchester, IL

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#26
Jun 19, 2009
 
ace777 wrote:
martha,you sound like some piece of **** i used to go to school with in burbank that decorates weddings and such for a job.you are a dirt bag!!
Of all the posts I have read on topix today yours, far and away, has the least class.
B OTOOLE

Mokena, IL

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#27
Jun 19, 2009
 
umm wrote:
One of the owners has passed away Jan. 4th
which owner not Roy?
why denial

Palos Hills, IL

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#28
Jun 19, 2009
 
Knows the facts wrote:
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I am SURE that you didn't lose your deposit. Quit whining and get on with your life.
I am a banquet server. I know 100% we had quite a few ( maybe 10) that came in almost crying hoping to find an opening. Some said they received a letter. Some said, they went to make final arrangements only to find it closed. Some got phone calls while others didn't. I have worked the restaurants many years. They knew for a fact for a long time they were going under. I even heard it through the ' restaurant grape vine". They took their money & booked them knowing this. When the place stops buying liquor and runs out of things all the time, they are going under. This happened, why are you saying that it didn't?
why denial

Palos Hills, IL

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#29
Jun 19, 2009
 
What was the failure? Out dated decor, no new menu items,the food was average, customers that only came on holidays and the real estate tax they paid on that big piece of property!
Larry Flint

Burbank, IL

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#30
Jun 20, 2009
 
I am currently negotiating a deal to bring the first strip joint to burbank on the old barn property.
bobby the g

Elgin, IL

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#31
Jun 20, 2009
 
big pos, they gone!
Random2

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Aug 13, 2009
 

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B OTOOLE wrote:
<quoted text> which owner not Roy?
No, it was Tony. And for all of you who were not the owners, you have NO room to comment on anything. These two men were two of the finest men around and literally did everything in their power to keep that place open for the staff and for the people who had parties/weddings booked there. They did not selfishly take money from people and were just as devistated that it closed, not for the money sake, but for how everyone else's lives were effected. Neither one of the owners had cashed a single paycheck for themselves in over 2 years, so yes, they gave up a lot to keep that place going!!!! I can comment on this because I am a family member.
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#33
Dec 21, 2009
 
I was a former employee who worked for both owners for many years, both had their quirks and heart. I ENJOYED WORKING FOR THEM BOTH. I am truly sorry to here about Tony and my sympathy's to his family. My best memories was the family that was created by all the employees as a whole, I LOVED MY JOB AND REALLY LOVED MY FAMILY AND THE CUSTOMERS I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SERVE. for ANY FELLOW EMPLOYEES HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR IT IS TOUGH EVERYWHERE, LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL bARBIE, CA.
RomeoHitman

Romeoville, IL

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#34
Jan 8, 2010
 
I stopped going when I could not smoke there anymore.
Jimbo

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#35
Jul 21, 2010
 
What happened to the staff I recall a barman called Ernie who did magic tricks. Am I thinking of the right place?.
white punk on dope

North Aurora, IL

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#36
Jul 21, 2010
 
Larry Flint wrote:
I am currently negotiating a deal to bring the first strip joint to burbank on the old barn property.
call it BURBILLIES! yeah baby!!! b bank rules!!!!!!!!!!
Bob

Chicago, IL

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#37
Oct 25, 2010
 
A church from Marquette Park in Chicago is possibly moving there now.
laura

Downers Grove, IL

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#38
Nov 8, 2010
 
Benny wrote:
This place was bought a few years ago by a couple of guys who had no experience in running a business and had trouble getting financing. They were in way over their heads. One of the partners was actually a used car salesman before he tricked a bank into loaning him money.He got rejected by about a dozen banks before he found one dumb enough to lend him money.
They had no business plan. They thought they could just sit back and collect money.
After it became apparent that they weren't attracting any customers they didn't do anything to try and change that.
They continued to take deposits even when they knew they were going bankrupt.
The place basically had turned into a dump and won't be missed.
TOo funny it really is to bad you have no idea what your talking about. One of the owners a used cars sales person actually ran a very well known banquest hall facilty for over 20 years. maybe before opening your mouth you should get your facts straight!!! It seems you you have no idea how hard and the amunt of time and dedication they actually put into that place. The economy pretty much was in ruins right after they bought it. They put alot of their own time and money into that place. next time you decide to judge someone get your facts straight!!!!
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Nov 8, 2010
 
Random2 wrote:
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No, it was Tony. And for all of you who were not the owners, you have NO room to comment on anything. These two men were two of the finest men around and literally did everything in their power to keep that place open for the staff and for the people who had parties/weddings booked there. They did not selfishly take money from people and were just as devistated that it closed, not for the money sake, but for how everyone else's lives were effected. Neither one of the owners had cashed a single paycheck for themselves in over 2 years, so yes, they gave up a lot to keep that place going!!!! I can comment on this because I am a family member.
HERE HERE!!!!
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#40
Dec 21, 2010
 
Best place I've ever worked. Don't talk shit about the owners they were really good people. R.I.P. Tony
jess

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#41
Feb 18, 2011
 
Apparently one of the owners is still alive and well and posting on this forum...
Old Barn Fan

Blue Island, IL

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#42
Apr 16, 2011
 
My husband and I ate at the Old Barn several times before it closed. It was very good. We like the menu. Especially the Mushrooms Tomas. Does anyone know how to make it...or besides mushrooms and bacon..what else was in the recipe. Thanks.
Andys daughter

Melrose Park, IL

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#43
Jun 13, 2012
 
I was reminiscing about the Old Barn the other day and while on the south side I took a drive to the place. I was shocked to see how it looked; it made me so sad. I remember going there as a child with my parents. The food was ALWAYS great and the service excellent. The staff was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. The staff even sent a floral arrangement to my dad's funeral (almost 50 years ago). I miss always miss this place. Thank you for great memories and fun times.
Kevin

Aurora, IL

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Feb 11, 2013
 

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Many fond memories eating dinner on a Saturday night at the Old Barn with my girlfriend in 1978 and 1979. Those were the days my friends.

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