Todd Teel was determined to make the move into a new building as smooth as possible so customers could avoid a prolonged disruption from getting their Krekel's fix of burgers, fries and ice cream.
Krekel's West finished relocating earlier this week into a new, 3,000-square-foot freestanding building at 1425 N. Oakland Ave. complete with a drive-thru window. It had previously been located just to the south inside the Colonial Mall.
Owner Todd Teel said the process of building the first Krekel's in Decatur from the ground up has been entirely worthwhile.
“We're trying to keep the Krekel tradition alive that my grandpa built,” Teel said. “We'll keep doing it the way we've always done it.”
Founder Bill Krekel opened the first restaurant in 1953 and Krekel's currently has four other locations in Decatur and Mount Zion.
Teel said the only new addition at this time to the Krekel's West menu is a grilled chicken sandwich but more changes could be phased in later. In the meantime, he said it will focus on providing the tasty food it's come to be known for, complete with the added convenience of the drive-thru and outdoor covered patio seating.
Teel has been grateful for the support that the business has received from throughout the community during the construction process. Signs still need to go up on the new building along with a few other finishing touches before the changes are complete, he said.
Lobby hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the drive-thru staying open until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The business is closed Sundays. Call (217) 362-0121.
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Relocating to East Cerro Gordo Street from West Eldorado has been a good move for LeGrande Flea Market.
Owner Tiffany LeGrande said customers like the close proximity with the Firehouse Flea Market and the NFT Underground Flea Market inside Never Forgotten Thymes a few blocks farther east.
“We've been busy,” she said. “People don't seem to be having any trouble finding us.”
Formerly known as the Ice House Flea Market, the business is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 140 E. Cerro Gordo St. It features about 20 vendors and is accepting consignments.
For more, find the flea market on Facebook or call (217) 619-6226.