Man brings new restaurant to hometown

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TUSCOLA, Ill. (WCIA) — When you think of places like Chicago and New York City, you think of great food. And soon, you’ll be able to get a taste of that in Tuscola.

Kenny Hogue grew up in Tuscola but left to pursue a culinary career. Now, he’s opening Cast Iron Pub and Irma Lou’s Kitchen on Sale Street. He started as a cook in Champaign-Urbana about 15 years ago. He moved to Chicago to cook in 2008, and then to New York. For years, he’s been dreaming of owning his own restaurant. When he saw an open space in downtown Tuscola, he knew it would be the perfect fit.

“Tuscola checks off a lot of boxes for me and my family as far as what we were looking for. It’s got a lot of great potential. It’s hitting a period of growth. I love what’s going on with the downtown here. It just made sense to take what I learned and bring it back to the community,” says Hogue.

Cast Iron Pub will serve craft beer. It should be open by the end of the year. Irma Lou’s Kitchen will have farm-to-table American food. They’re hoping to open it next spring.

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