DECATUR — Ted's Taters, a staple of the Overlook Adventure Park in Nelson Park since 2014, announced it will close at the end of the month.
In a statement sent Tuesday afternoon to the Herald & Review, Ted’s Taters’ owner Kendall Peterson said he and his family have experienced health concerns that will prevent them from continuing to operate the restaurant, which he owns with his wife Linda.
Peterson said in a followup statement that the park’s CherryBerry, which he also owns, will not close at this time.
He said business has grown since they first opened, and he praised the park district partnership.
“Linda and I only wish we could see this project to completion,” Kendall Peterson said. “Our relationship with the park district has been wonderful. Our businesses continued to grow every year, and as the park continues to grow, visitor numbers will only get better.”
Ted’s Taters first made the announcement about its closure on Monday on its Facebook page, saying it will remain open until Saturday, Sept. 30.
Located between the golf shop and CherryBerry at 2505 Nelson Park Road, Ted's Taters has served up soups, Heinkel’s hot dogs and polish sausages, toasted sandwiches and a variety of specialty fries to patrons since it first opened in fall of 2014. It takes its name from the shih tzu belonging to Kendall and Linda Peterson.
Decatur Park District Executive Director Bill Clevenger said Tuesday that it was disappointing to see the restaurant close, but he stressed the health and well-being of Peterson is most important.
“You always want everything you do to be as successful as it can be,” Clevenger said. “But this is one of those cases with unforeseeable circumstances, and now we’re going to pick up and move forward like we always do.”
The district has already started to look at alternatives to fill the soon-to-be-vacated space, with Clevenger saying the hope is to have a new restaurant in place by next spring.
No specific restaurants or menu items are being considered, though Clevenger said it is important that the restaurant match the “aesthetics” of what the district is trying to achieve with Overlook Adventure Park.
“We want to continue to have offerings in that venue that are very compatible with what we’re trying to do … it’s a very family-friendly, kid-oriented facility,” Clevenger said “We’re trying to keep that in mind while we move forward.”