It's going to be a great combination in Springfield as the famous eatery, Coney Island, has now moved to the former Sonrise Donut building on Ninth Street, and as we roadies know, Route 66.
Emilio and Rosa Lomeli have made the 4th location of their historic eatery at 1101 S. Ninth Street (the Boulevard of Stoplights)
Coney Island dates back to 1919 and spent most of its run at the 114 N. Sixth Street, but were forced out in 2000 to clear the way for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Sonrise Donut building has been vacant for the past two years. Before that, a series of people tried to make a go of it there, but failed. I don't remember it when it was actually Sonrise Donuts, but have always admired its sign and once, back on 2005, actually had the opportunity to eat breakfast in the place.
It has always bothered me that it sat vacant. That is a good chance of being demolished. And, i had eaten at Coney Dig a couple times when it was near the old State Capitol.
Let's Hope the Place Makes a Go of It. --RoadDog