|Dutch Diner, February 6, 2011|
According to Edmund Morris, the author of the flawed Reagan Dutch biography, the restaurant was not named for Reagan, whose boyhood nickname was 'Dutch,' "but for a group of Mennonite women who bake its excellent pies." Unlike myself, Morris actually ate there--he accompanied Reagan and the former first lady when they visited Tampico for the last time in 1992.
The Dutch Diner has closed before, its last owners reopened it in 2009 and invested $60,000 into the venture.
This is a tough blow for Tampico--the Dutch Diner was the only restaurant in the town.
Every February 6 the Tampico Historical Society celebrates our 40th president at his birthplace. I was there on the Reagan Centennial.
The Bureau County Republican and WQAD-TV--with video--have more on the closing.
In other Reagan news, I am part of the effort to save the Chicago home where the Reagan family moved to after leaving Tampico in 1915. To learn more--see the related posts.
- Report from Tampico, Illinois on Reagan's 100th birthday
- Reagan centennial: Tampico's churches
- Reagan centennial: Ronald Reagan Park in Tampico, IL
- More good news on the endangered Chicago Reagan apartment
- Friends of President Reagan's Chicago home incorporates
- (Photos) Endangered Chicago Reagan apartment amid rubble
- Save the Chicago Reagan apartment from destruction
- Ronald Reagan Trail: Chicago and the likely demolition of the Reagan apartment
- Save the Chicago Reagan Apartment Facebook page launches
- Marathon Pundit's Ronald Reagan Trail