Bob Kraft, Former Owner of The Riviera Roadhouse, Passes Away

We are sad to report that Robert (Bob) Kraft has passed away.

bob-kraft-2-2.jpg

Route 66 News has published an article about Bob Kraft, co-owner of the Riviera Roadhouse with his wife Peggy for 37 years, and a history of the restaurant on their website.

The Riviera was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 1994.

Click to read Bob Kraft, former co-owner of the Riviera, dies on Route 66 News.

Click to read more about the Riviera and to view a slideshow of the restauruant here on our website.

We welcome your comments and memories of Bob, Peggy and the Riviera Roadhouse in the comments below.

Share this

Traveler wrote on July 8, 2014 - 3:15pm:

It was the 4th of July weekend of 2005 and I was taking my first road trip on Route 66 from Joliet to St. Louis. On the first day I got off to a late start. It was by fate I ended up in Odell, Illinois at the restored Standard Gas Station where I happened to meet John Weiss. I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was I was having fun, taking pictures and livin' the dream. John convinced me to back track a bit and check out The Riviera. I'm glad I did. Bob Kraft was a very nice and humorous man. There were a few "locals" there and I apologized for being just another tourist. "No problem." they said. They asked me to, "buy Bob a drink!" I did of course. Bob thanked me and then as he tilted the shot glass, he said, "Happy. Happy." I about fell off of my chair. It was so funny. He told me about his grandfather being in the beer business and showed me an old photo of a horse drawn beer wagon with 4th of July bunting draped all along side. It was a magnificent shot of a time long gone. He was kind enough to show me around the numerous rooms downstairs and also the dumb waiter they used between the upstairs kitchen and the downstairs bar/dining room. There also was an old restored genuine dining car out back behind his establishment to check out. Before I left, I handed him a Fifty and said thank you. I knew I would never forget the experience. And I haven't. I was blessed to have met him and glad John Weiss told me to go back that day. I pray all that really knew and loved him are comforted that he was a good man. He sure was to me....

Got Content?


EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
Membership
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.