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Local Business

Towns have new diners

Historic Albany building gets new life; Walnut thrift store gets new owners

Mr. Tequila to expand

FULTON – Dixon-based Mr. Tequila, a Mexican restaurant and bar, is leasing space for a second location at the south end of Fulton Crossings, 1801 16th Ave.

Owner Jesus Luna was granted a Class C liquor license from the Fulton City Council on Dec. 9; 60% of its revenue must come from food in order to maintain its license.

An opening date has not been set, Manager Adrian Luna said.

The Dixon location at 844 N. Galena Ave., opened in 2012.

Call 815-677-9280 for more information.

Restaurant resurrected

POLO – Lediana’s Cafe, 804 S. Division Ave., will begin its first week of business Monday.

The dine-in cafe, formerly home to Polo Family Restaurant, serves breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day but Friday, when it closes at 8 p.m.

Charley Rahmani of Rockford is the owner, and Amber Latta, 38, of Rochelle is the manager of the restaurant, which is named for a relative of Rahmani’s.

Find it on Facebook or call 815-946-2727 for more information.

Shaking off the rust

ALBANY – Rusty Silo Home Decor and Gifts, 203 South Main St., reopens Thursday after taking a break for the holidays.

Dorrie Manon opened the shop inside the historic C.F. Lusk and Sons Dry Goods building, built in 1899 for the then-Albany Review newspaper, on Nov. 16.

It has a wide selection of barnyard Americana, wooden inspirational signs and other decor made from wood and rustic materials.

It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Find Rusty Silo on Facebook or call 309-428-5518 for more information.

Pass complete

WALNUT – Walnut’s nonprofit thrift store is under new ownership.

Pass The Love, 120 S. Main St., will open soon in the former Pass It Along store, which closed Dec. 21.

An opening day and store hours will be announced on the Pass The Love Facebook page, new owner Lori Zeman said.

Kristen and Lee Johnston opened the former store in 2013. Since then, they’ve donated more than $150,000 in money and scholarships to local organizations, according to the store’s profile on the Walnut Chamber of Commerce website.

The new owners will maintain that mission.

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

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