Riviera Roadhouse Restaurant

Riviera Restaurant

Constructed in 1928 out of a church from Gardner and a mining office from Sourt Wilmington, the Riviera hosted many famous customers, including Gene Kelly, Tom Mix and Al Capone. A freezer in the basement with a heavy iron door was supposedly built to hide gambling operations and alcohol during Prohibition. The unique bar in the basement provided a cool environment in the days before air conditioning and is decorated like a cave. In its heyday, the Roadhouse featured a zoo, picnic area, swimming hole and gas station.

Today, the restaurant is closed but remains a fantastic piece of Route 66 history and a great photo spot.

Unfortunate Update: The Riviera Roadhouse was lost to a fire on June 8, 2010.


Riviera Roadhouse Restaurant
5650 Route 53
Gardner, IL 60424
United States
41° 12' 19.8396" N, 88° 17' 5.028" W

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