Farmer’s Inn — the historic Millstadt landmark — is open for business again.
This time the building surrounded by cornfields has reopened as a restaurant and bar with a Southern vibe.
Brandon Carrillo, co-owner and manager, said the bar, 7157 Illinois 158, will be open six days a week.
The stately, two-story brick building was built in 1896 and has been home to a dance hall, saloon, general store and multiple restaurants, including a Mariachi’s Mexican restaurant that was partly owned by Carrillo’s father, Edgar Carrillo, but closed several years ago.
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Closed Monday, Farmer’s Inn will open at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bar will open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“We’re really excited to start a new chapter in the Farmer’s Inn building,” Carrillo said Friday.
The building has received major updates, which include new windows and a new roof.
The bar’s menu features classic bar favorites, such as burgers, wings and beer-battered onion rings. Carillo is also serving signature salads. The Asian Yellowfin Tuna Salad is topped with an Asian vinaigrette, wasabi aioli, Sriracha and crispy flash-fried wonton strips.
At the bar, Carillo recommends a Moscow mule. The cocktail ($4) is made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice.
“People have a certain emotional attachment to this building,” Carrillo said in April before the opened. “They want to be back inside this building. A lot of people grew up coming here. They remember being here as kids, and their grandparents have a lot of stories.”