A & W - Just Like Home Restaurant
Manito, IL

Brief Description:
This lot used to be the old A and W of Manito, Illinois, now it is the "Just Like Home" restaurant buisness.
Located in the village of Manito, Illinois
Latitude / Longitude
N 40° 25.597
W 089° 46.859
EcoCache ID:
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Submitting Group:
Midwest Cental High School - Teresa Heinhorst
Date Submitted
One of the historic sites of Manito, Illinois where people were served root beer and ice cream after local ball games and summer fun.
Long Description
Most people think of it as the “Just Like Home” restaurant, some might remember it as the old “A and W” drive up restaurant, but before all of this, it was just an empty lot with the house of Manito’s only dentist Dr. William Hodkinson behind it. After that, it was sold in 1953 to John and Mary Thompson.

Their son Harold Thompson and his wife Donna decided to build a business on the property, because they knew its location on the Manito blacktop would be very profitable. It was finally finished July 1955, and Harold and Donna worked there until they retired twenty-one years later. The property is now owned by Rebecca Switzer. Currently, the building is now “Just Like Home” and was opened in 2005.
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