Two Decades of Good Times at Laurie’s Place in Edwardsville Comes to an End
EDWARDSVILLE, IL/December 19, 2017 (STL.News) Not many people like change or even if they do, they’re a little uncomfortable with it at first. We like time-honored traditions and things that are familiar in our lives, things that bring good memories. So, when a long standing staple in the community goes away, we’re left with a feeling of sadness. That’s how many in Edwardsville are feeling after hearing the news that Laurie’s Place will be shutting down.
The popular bar/restaurant has graced downtown Main Street for the last two decades. It has served as a trendy spot where locals and SIUE students alike could spend Saturday nights with family and friends listening to live music.
Patrons found out when owner, Laurie Chavez, announced on Facebook that her establishment located at 228 North Main Street, would close its doors on New Year’s Day. She said in the Facebook post that she plans to retire.
“I have been truly blessed to have worked side by side with the most amazing staff anyone could ever imagine. I could not have survived this long without their loyalty and support,” Chavez said in the post.
“We are truly a family. All this said, I’ve decided to retire from this crazy wonderful business as of Jan 1.”
There has been no mention of what will become of the building in the future. The new owners, Randy Gori and Gori Associates, did say that they have no plans to tear down the structure. The building, originally called the Tuxhorn Opera House, was built in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Gathering at Laurie’s Place has remained a beloved ritual in Downtown Edwardsville for 21 years and will be missed by many. In her post, Chavez urged everyone to stop by over the next few weeks to see her and the staff.
“Take a picture, hug your favorite person,” she said. “Thanks for the memories everyone.”