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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: Area businesses open, close and move

Byron-based bar and grill chain adds sixth location; new digs for local construction, auto shops

MOUNT MORRIS – Local restaurateurs Matt and Jaime Pendergrass have added to their growing number of bars and grills throughout the Sauk Valley and northern Illinois.

Maggie’s Idle Hour, 113-115 S. Wesley Avenue, is the couple’s sixth operation. They bought it from Dave and Maggie Johnson in early May.

Maggie’s joins the couple’s growing business family, which includes The Hunt Club in Oregon, The Cave in Byron, Rural on Tap in Rockford, and Aero Ale House locations in Byron and Loves Park. The Hunt Club, known for its burgers, opened in June. They previously owned the Railway Bar and Grill in Pecatonica.

Pendergrass has been in the food service business since he was a kid; his father, Joe, owned Jay’s in Oregon for 20 years. 

Maggie’s is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. The bar and gaming machines are on the ground level, a dining area and stage are in the adjoining building, accessible by a short stairway.

Find them on Facebook or call 815-734-4110 for more information.

Movin’ out, movin’ in

STERLING – Total Construction Services, 1409 W. Fourth St., has moved into the former home of Slim ‘n Hank’s Auto Body. 

Troy Hernandez owns TCS, and works on roofs, siding, seamless gutters, garage remodels, windows, concrete additions and more.

He bought the building in February and moved operations there from his home that month.

“We pretty much do everything,” said Hernandez, who has been in the construction business for 20 years. “We have a lot of different tools for a lot of different things. Having a lot more space, we can stay more organized that way. We can keep most of our stuff indoors now.”

Total Construction Services is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Find it on Facebook or call 815-213-0704 for more information.

Slim ‘n Hanks moved into the former Sterling Restorations building at 1705 Eastwood Drive in northwest Sterling in September; Sterling Restorations now is at 620 E. Rock Falls Road in Rock Falls.

Sterling auto shop closes

STERLING – House’s Truck and Auto Repair has closed shop after 31 years and sold its building at 25460 Deer Run, near Como.

Ricky and Jana House tried to sell their building a couple of years ago, but that deal fell through, according to a post on its Facebook page. Sand and Sea LLC bought the building for $452,500.

The family-run shop had service bays for regular vehicles, semi trucks and trailers, as well as a state-certified test lane, which is where vehicle safety inspections, diesel emission testing and federal Department of Transportation inspections were done. It closed on March 23.

Zier’s Test Lane, 115 S. Boyd in Lanark, now has the area’s only test lane. 

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporter Cody Cutter at, or call 815-625-3600, ext. 5552.

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