Fine Dining on Rte 66
The Ariston Cafe
In 1924, Pete Adam opened the first Ariston in Carlinville next to the original alignment of Route 66. When the highway was rerouted in 1929, Pete moved his cafe next to the new 66 in Litchfield (across the street from here). This building was opened in 1935.
Photo caption: Waitresses wear special weekend-style uniforms in the 1940s.
Aristo = "best or finest" (Greek)
Opened in 1924 by Pete Adam, the Ariston is one of the oldest operating restaurants on Route 66. But it wasn't always located here. The restaurant moved with the highway as it was rerouted through Illinois. Three generations later, the Adam's family continues to offer fine dining for highway travelers.
Photo caption: Famous diners include Vice Presidents Henry Wallace (shown above in the middle) and Hubert Humphrey, and the legendary Big Band leader, Tommy Dorsey.
"First Booth on the Left"
In 1938, delivery man Jesse Johnson always timed his lunch break to stop at the Ariston and sit at the same booth. He was smitten with his waitress.
"There in the first booth on the left, a very nervous Jesse
Erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 39° 10.663′ N, 89° 40.007′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Route 66 N, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 Old Rte 66 N, Litchfield IL 62056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ariston Cafe, Litchfield, Illinois (a few steps from this marker); Endless Nights (approx. half a mile away); Soulsby Shell Station, Mt. Olive, Illinois (approx. 8.2 miles away); Henry's Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois (approx. 13½ miles away).
More about this marker. This is one of three markers found at Ariston Cafe. (I will submit them when I get to it)
Regarding Fine Dining on Rte 66. This is one of two wayside exhibits from this organization located in Litchfield. The other is in front of the Sky View Drive-In.
Also see . . . Ariston Cafe (NRHP nomination form). (Submitted on August 26, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.