The Igloo has grown to become an iconic location of the Illinois Valley area since it first opened on July 4th, 1937. Founded during the Great Depression by the original owners Louis "Louie" and Stephanie "Pat" Mazzorana, the Igloo continued to be family owned and operated into December of 2010. Carrying on the traditions and continuing to build the business for the future it was then passed on to Rich and Chris Decker on December 16th, 2010. Rich and Chris both bring years of restaurant experience to the Igloo in addition to their dedication to carry on the Igloo anniversary every July 4th. We are over 75 years old.
As the new
owners and life-long residents of the Peru area, Rich and Chris vow to
continue the high-quality standard and family atmosphere that the
community has learned to expect.
Highlighted in the area as a perennial favorite by The NewsTribune's Reader's Choice Awards for our burgers and our restaurant for lunch. The Igloo's attraction has developed on many levels but the food is at the top of the list. An Igloo staple since 1937 has been the hand-trimmed, hand-cut, hand-pounded and hand-breaded pork tenderloin. You don't mess with perfection, so we're keeping this sandwich how it has always been, made fresh daily, never frozen. Anyone that knows the Igloo also knows the classic taste of our hand-cut fries
and homemade chili, which are also made fresh daily, never frozen. These are just a few of the top picks on our vast menu including sandwiches, salads, side orders, desserts, a kid's meal, and a wide variety of beverages.
Beyond our nostalgia and great food the Igloo is continuing to offer a great family atmosphere for all ages. While it's not uncommon to see multiple generations eating together at a restaurant, how common is it to know those same three or four generations all grew up as kids eating in that same restaurant? There is a fun and inviting atmosphere that makes local customers "regulars". Even out-of-town visitors or travellers tell us how they make sure to stop in for the food and the atmosphere every time they are in Peru. Since February 2011, Rich and Chris started the "Come In and Stick Your Pin" map for out-of-town visitors, and the map has already surpassed the 1,000 mark. Keeping the kids in mind, we also have a game room to keep them entertained.
So stop in and experience the Igloo! The owners and staff would love to hear your Igloo
stories and help create new ones to add to our iconic history.