Most of you know by now that Eli's has a second location in Tremont! Whoopeee!!! This has been a long time in the works. For nearly 3 years now Katie has explored options in Central Illinois to meet our growing business' needs. The kitchen in Eli's Morton is just tiny. Beyond tiny. Somehow we made it work for almost 9 years. At times, this was really hard, like during Pumpkin Festival, or our Community Celebration Week fundraiser. We considered adding on to our current location, renting just a kitchen somewhere or renting/buying a second Eli's location that would have a large kitchen. We decided upon Tremont due to its close proximity to Morton to make the addition be as easy as possible considering the work load it would add upon an already busy schedule that Katie maintains. We felt that Tremont would have a large enough customer base, yet be close enough to manage easily. The location we found was literally perfect. It has a huge kitchen and a gorgeous, open seating plan. We added our own style to it of which we are extremely prideful.
It took about 3 months of work. Our manager, Rachel Aberle Berchtold,, spent countless hours there painting, decorating and setting up the kitchen and counter space. We have an outstanding mural, "Starry Night over Tremont" painted by none other than the sweet Abbigail Ladwig, a Tremont High school graduate and Eli's employee extraordinaire. If you have visited our Morton store, then maybe you have also noticed the table tops she has painted as well.
We had a Grand Opening celebration and Ribbon Cutting on February 25th. It was fun to see so many new and familiar faces and share our space with everyone. Thank you thank you thank you to all who helped create Eli's at the Tremont Depot!
...especially this adorable little guy, who was not only incredibly patient with his parents while they worked, but eager to pitch in and help too!