Irish Eyes are Crying – Dandy Inn scheduled to close

Dandy Inn
Dandy Inn

The Closing Chapter for Dandy Inn

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL/January 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) For the last 40 years, the Dandy Inn, a Fairview Heights mainstay has been the family friendly restaurant and bar of choice for both locals and far away visitors.  Originally built as Becherer’s Tavern in 1850, the building has served as a general store, a tavern, a dance hall and always, a very popular meeting place. And since 1977, it has been the lifeblood for the Daniels family.

On April Fool’s Day of that year, Dave and Phyllis Daniels, officially opened as the Dandy Inn and throughout the years it has been passed down through the family.  Today, you can find their son Mark working from morning to night and his son, Casey, doing his part in the kitchen after school.  Phyllis is now retired and Dave was very fittingly laid to rest on St. Patrick’s Day, 1998.

There have been many changes in the Dandy Inn throughout the years, but one thing that’s remained the same is that there is always something for everyone.  It’s continued to be a great gathering place for families, a restaurant with delicious home-style meals, and a cozy pub to grab a cold one after work.  That’s why the news of its closing has left so many sad.

The family friendly restaurant and bar, best known for their wings, fish dinners, and for hosting their weekly car shows, will close its doors for the final time on Sunday, January 15.  The family recently announced that with a heavy heart they will be moving on to new adventures.

But they are thankful for their incredible journey, which has allowed them to see a generation of young men and woman who first came in as young children now bring in their own kids!  And for the many customers and friends who have frequented the traditional Irish pub along the way, it’s been an extremely dandy ride.

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Caley Johnson holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Missouri – St. Louis in Elementary Education. Her areas of special study have been in English and Science. Caley has lived in St. Louis most of her life, with the exception of eight years during which she lived in Salida Colorado. Caley enjoys learning and working with students on a daily basis.