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Launching pad French fry

Wilmington, IL

#1 Oct 8, 2017
I heard that the launching pad finally sold last week anybody have any more information on this
Wimatucky

Channahon, IL

#2 Oct 9, 2017
Launching pad French fry wrote:
I heard that the launching pad finally sold last week anybody have any more information on this
A simple google search shows that a couple has bought it. A simple Facebook search shows who exactly bought it and what they are going to do with it.

They are going to fix it, and re open it.
people are rude

Morris, IL

#3 Oct 31, 2017
Wimatucky wrote:
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A simple google search shows that a couple has bought it. A simple Facebook search shows who exactly bought it and what they are going to do with it.

They are going to fix it, and re open it.
Where did kindness go to? You can't just answer the question?
chuckie_chopper

Huntington, IN

#4 Dec 3, 2017
people are rude wrote:
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Where did kindness go to? You can't just answer the question?
Wilmington, Illinois has Gemini Giant-Rocket Man statue at Launching Pad restaurant on old RT-66 that Mother Road tourist stop and take pictures. If Launching Pad got a statue of Kim Jong-Un, a/k/a "Rocket Man," holding a rocket, or clapping his hands like he does, next to Gemini Giant, they'd double tourists & customers when it re-opens!
LoneRanger

United States

#5 Dec 4, 2017
They should laso some full horse skellitons outside the Eagle Motel so that tourists get the full experience of Wilmington.
Booger

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 5, 2017
Wimatucky wrote:
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A simple google search shows that a couple has bought it. A simple Facebook search shows who exactly bought it and what they are going to do with it.

They are going to fix it, and re open it.
A wee bit uppity there in Channahon, aren't we? Your town is filled with McMansions and people who believe they're important. Newsflash: You're NOT.
Wilmatucky

Channahon, IL

#7 Dec 12, 2017
Booger wrote:
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A wee bit uppity there in Channahon, aren't we? Your town is filled with McMansions and people who believe they're important. Newsflash: You're NOT.
Well, I don’t live in Channahon... never have actually....

On another note:

Has anyone seen that they have a go fund me page? So they want the towns folk to foot the bill for their restaurant?
Everyone needs to wake up. These people are trying to get us to pay for their restaurant while they collect all the money. They want reality shows and stuff like that. They don’t care about the people of Wilmington or the Launching Pad. They are more worried about getting reality shows and pushing their “not for profit” garbage. I guarantee this won’t be the launching pad we loved. They will be completely over priced compared to the old pad.

Is anyone bothered by this or is all this blown out of proportion?
Wren

Channahon, IL

#8 Dec 13, 2017
They have a Go Fund me page. Would be nice to fill all the empty stores.
Keepnitreal

United States

#9 Dec 13, 2017
Come to braidwood, we have the polk a dot and a dq... why waste your time in hammer land.. lol
MacyMae

Channahon, IL

#10 Dec 19, 2017
Shouldn’t they fix their own business? I mean they did buy it right? Nobody should donate to this. Every business owner has a hard time starting up. That’s business. Panhandling for startup cost is unacceptable. Maybe instead of worrying about t shirts and rocket man figures they should talk to someone about a loan. These people will get rich off your backs. Just watch

Since: Oct 12

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#11 Dec 19, 2017
MacyMae wrote:
ShouldnÂ’t they fix their own business? I mean they did buy it right? Nobody should donate to this. Every business owner has a hard time starting up. ThatÂ’s business. Panhandling for startup cost is unacceptable. Maybe instead of worrying about t shirts and rocket man figures they should talk to someone about a loan. These people will get rich off your backs. Just watch
Or maybe u could just not donate and let those want to worry about what to do with their own money!
Lettuce Be Serious

Morris, IL

#12 Dec 20, 2017
The GoFundMe is tacky, sure, but you can just not donate to it. I too have thought the whole process has been weird. They bought the place and immediately went to work asking other people to go to work for free or at discount to help them get their business up and running. They should have inspected all of the equipment before buying the place, and if so much of it was useless they should have reflected that in the offer. Buying the place then asking for handouts because the equipment is broken and they spent all their money on the building is just simply not a smart business decision. Not how I'd like to see it handled, but I simply don't hand them free money.

On the other hand, to people who think this version of the Pad will be "overpriced" compared to the past... Launching Pad was always overpriced for what it was. People everywhere are wearing their rose tinted nostalgia goggles about this. So many of these people celebrating on Facebook don't even live anywhere near here anymore and definitely aren't going to be visiting Wilmington just to go to a slow fast food joint that they have fond childhood memories of. If they do make the trip, it'll be one time.

If this place is going to survive it's going to need repeat local business. In my eyes, the new owners are already in trouble. If they truly don't have the money to get the place up and running, what happens when the grand opening hype dies down? People went crazy for Diamond's Taco Bell for like a month. If they can't afford to fix the equipment themselves how tight are they going to be on payroll? What about any loan they had to take out to buy the place? I do hope this all works out but I think lots of people are setting themselves up for disappointment.
Citizen

Coal City, IL

#13 Aug 29, 2018
Wilmatucky wrote:
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Well, I don’t live in Channahon... never have actually....

On another note:

Has anyone seen that they have a go fund me page? So they want the towns folk to foot the bill for their restaurant?
Everyone needs to wake up. These people are trying to get us to pay for their restaurant while they collect all the money. They want reality shows and stuff like that. They don’t care about the people of Wilmington or the Launching Pad. They are more worried about getting reality shows and pushing their “not for profit” garbage. I guarantee this won’t be the launching pad we loved. They will be completely over priced compared to the old pad.

Is anyone bothered by this or is all this blown out of proportion?
They ain't never going to open and they support Rauner on top of it
Kim

Coal City, IL

#14 Aug 29, 2018
Launching pad French fry wrote:
I heard that the launching pad finally sold last week anybody have any more information on this
Yea. It's only a tee shirt and souvenir shop.
Local L

Coal City, IL

#15 Aug 29, 2018
It's nothing but a Rt 66 tourist trap. Their making plenty of $$$ selling trinkets so don't expect food anytime soon
Lou

Minooka, IL

#16 Sep 6, 2018
I don't see it staying open for very long. The other new museum down the road will take away its business.
Arnie

Minooka, IL

#17 Sep 7, 2018
I heard the furniture store that closed down is the next place to become a museum and tourist trap.
Johnny Mack

Apache Junction, AZ

#18 Sep 8, 2018
The furniture store people were millionaires and moved to the Desert South West. They said the hell with Illinois
Tulley b

Apache Junction, AZ

#19 Sep 8, 2018
I see them on Facebook all the time hyping it up. One guy made them mad by calling them scammers. Who knows what will happen
Launching pud

Apache Junction, AZ

#20 Sep 9, 2018
Getting all this free stuff that don't hold up. Today they are getting the blacktop reworked for free. The guy did the blacktop a few months ago. The ac guy keeps doing rework.

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