Old Route 66 Family Restaurant Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Old Route 66 Family Restaurant in Dwight, IL which is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary on November 5!

Join the fine folks at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant for the celebration!


The Open House celebration will feature:

  • T-shirts
  • Complementary coffee and donuts from 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10% off your entire bill on Saturday, November 5
  • Anniversary cake
  • Door Prizes

Join the Ahmedi family in this celebration of 10 years of cooking and serving up tasty meals in a cozy, homey atmosphere. They’d love to see you!

Old Route 66 Family Restaurant opened on November 5, 2001. Owner, Maria Ahmedi and her husband each grew up in the restaurant business. They opened their first restaurant together, the Wishing Well Cafe in Odell, IL, in 1993.

The Old Route 66 Family Restaurant, which opened its doors on November 5, 2001, serves its fortunate patrons breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Maria says their customers are particularly fond of their broasted chicken, homemade coleslaw and soups.

The Ahmedi Family and their restaurant are actively involved in their community. They’re members of the Dwight Area Chamber of Commerce, Dwight Main Street Program and lifetime members of the Route 66 Association of Illinois.

The Old Route 66 Family Restaurant really lives up to its name in many ways. Maria says now that their three children are growing up, they are working at the restaurant, really putting the “Family” in their Family Restaurant. The Ahmedis consider their customers family and enjoy the opportunity to make them feel at home. Maria says many of their customers enjoy - and return for - the family atmosphere they provide.


What draws hungry customers to Old Route 66 Family Restaurant? Before guests enter, they are greeted by a bold Route 66-themed mural painted on the building. Maria says that the allure of Route 66 itself calls to those looking for an authentic Route 66 experience - and the tasty, wholesome food, ambiance and friendly folks are just what they find. Guests from all over the world have dined with the Ahmedis and signed their guestbook.

In addition to serving individuals and families, the restaurant does parties, catering and regularly plays host to bus tours, many of which are arranged by our resident Route 66 authority, John Weiss.

Maria shared a highlight of their anniversary, recounting how she recently took a call from Michael Wallis, the actor (and Route 66 historian) who voiced the Sheriff in the movie, Cars, wishing them a happy anniversary. The Ahmedi Family is thrilled to have served the community for a decade and look forward to continuing to please hungry travelers along the Mother Road for many years to come.

Visit the Old Route 66 Family Restaurant website to view their menu and learn more about this great place to eat and experience a little bit of 66.

Old Route 66 Family Restaurant
105 S. Old 66
Dwight, IL

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