Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Along 66, August 2018: Dew Chilli in Springfield, Ill. Closes
AUGUST 25-- Dew Chilli Parlor in Springfield, Illinois, located a short distance off Route 66 is closing because of traffic and parking issues, but don't worry, they have two other locations in the city that remain open.
The one that is closing is at 1216 S. Fifth Street and has been there since 1954. the other two locations are at 2312 Wabash Avenue (the 1926-1930 Route 66 alignment) and 301 N. Grand Ave. West. A third Dew Chilli will be opening at 2690 S. Dirksen Parkway in October -- another Route 66 alignment.
Joe Bockelmann served his first bowl of chilli in 1909 while operating out of his house on Sixth Street (Rt 66) He was evicted from it and relocated to the South Fifth Street location that is closing in 1954 and ran it until his death in 1975.
We'll have to check one of these places out our next trip to Springfield as I have never heard of them. I am familiar with some of the chilli places.