Good morning, troops. It’s Monday, July 6.
Nick within the Morning is again within the saddle after a much-needed two-week break. We hit the street and sampled North Carolina-style barbecue, amongst different regional culinary delights. (Whereas sustaining correct COVID-related protocols, in fact.)
Nonetheless, we discovered nothing similar to that central Illinois stalwart, the pork-tenderloin sandwich. Alas, one of many high tenderloin purveyors within the fast Peoria space shall be decreasing its availability quickly.
TNT’s Sports activities Bar & Grill in Peoria Heights is ceasing operations Sunday, its staff have introduced.
The restaurant recognized partially for its number of tenderloins opened in 2009 at 4319 N. Prospect Highway. It doubled the variety of TNT’s eating places within the Tri-County space; the primary is situated at 3304 Meadow Ave. in East Peoria.
However TNT’s proprietor Troy Duede is easing into retirement, in line with Brittany Brown, the overall supervisor of each areas.
“I can say that we’re … going to solely be operating our authentic East Peoria location transferring ahead,” Brown instructed Nick within the Morning.
The Peoria Heights location is on the market. Based on Brown, its closure just isn’t associated to the coronavirus pandemic, which for months pressured eating places round Illinois to stop inside eating.
TNT’s featured menu gadgets, together with the tenderloins, are to proceed to be accessible in East Peoria, in line with Brown. Enterprise hours there are more likely to be expanded, as is the menu.
The Peoria Heights restaurant is to be open Wednesday via Sunday evenings this week.
For us, a Heights TNT’s spotlight was Tenderloin Tuesday. The restaurant’s primary tenderloin sandwich was festooned with quite a lot of toppings. Amongst them had been fried eggs, sausage gravy or pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Pizza has been key within the historical past of that Prospect Highway location. Earlier than TNT’s took over, it was the longtime web site of the legendary Penguin Faucet, recognized far and extensive for its thin-crust pie.
When Duede bought the previous Penguin, he additionally acquired its pizza recipe.
Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace was recognized to be a Penguin common every time he would return to city, the place he as soon as performed minor-league ball for the Peoria Chiefs. Again within the day, the Penguin additionally was an everyday supper spot for Journal Star sports-department staff, a few of whom took their sustenance in liquid kind.
That period of imbibing on the job is lengthy gone, for higher or for worse. However right here’s hoping a worthy Penguin/TNT’s successor fills that Prospect Highway area.
And right here’s hoping Nick within the Morning can return someday quickly to working from 1 Information Plaza. Within the meantime, we’re nonetheless homebound, not listening to songs on the best way to work on our automobile radio however discovering them via a random YouTube search. This one was acceptable Saturday, the Fourth of July.