A Main Street Project Completed

Historic 1909 bank- June, 2019


Open House


After many years of planning, the 1909 Steakhouse is now open for business.  The Open House for the 1909 Steakhouse was held on December  7th.  In spite of the bad weather there was a good crowd.  The official opening was December 11th.  The Steakhouse is open Monday-Thursdays 4-9pm, Friday and Saturday 4-10pm and Sunday 10-3pm.   Burgers and fries are served every Thursday evening.  The menu is on Facebook under 1909 steakhouse.

Brad Wagner is the owner/general manager.  He has such a long resume that I have decided to put it as a separate article..

Many years ago Bill  Davis of USDA stood on Main Street and told me that the historic bank shoud be made into a restaurant.  At the time this seemed like a pretty far fetched idea.  But in 2011 the historic bank building was purchased by 12 Anamoose citizens, the windows painted and curtains put up for the 100th Anamoose School Reunion. The group was called Save the Bank, but later decided to improve Main Street, and changed the name  to MainStreams.  A new roof was the first major improvement in 2011.

Bonnie Helm

Bonnie Helm, McHenry Co. Job Development Director, wrote several grants from USDA Rural Development with the first grant  of $218,460 in 2016 and the second for $67,866 in 2018.     Fundraisers were held throughout the years, including pinnocle tournaments; 4 Christmas Tour of Homes with soup, bread and dessert bar, 2011-2014; Christmas goodies sales; Christmas sunday brunch 2015;  dinner theatre 2015″ You Think My Tractor’s Sexy”; and suppers served at the Market in the Park.

MainStreams sold the bank to the Anamoose Economic Development Committee in 2016.  Andy Melton and his assistant Troy Barrington, Anamoose,  were hired to do the remodeling.  Keven Duchsherer, Drake, redid the front entrance.  He removed the entire front, rebuilt it, and restored it.

Dining area with safe at the east end

Door to the kitchen

east wall

Stairs to second bathroom

Handicapped entrance on north east side

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