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HUDSON — Lake Street Inn, 25106 N. 1750 East Street in Hudson, is that this week’s decide for Eats of the Week.

Lake Street Inn was established in 1934 throughout from Lake Bloomington. The restaurant is owned by native Craig Hanson, an Illinois State College alum who beforehand was within the insurance coverage enterprise. Hanson discovered his ardour for customer support throughout an internship at Greatest Purchase, and bought the restaurant in 2015. 

Craig Hanson, proprietor of the Lake Street Inn in Hudson, examines among the tropical vegetation rising in his bar and grill Wednesday, Feb. 23. Whereas being well-known for his Friday fish fries, Hanson is taking his tropical plant adorning concepts and increasing his enterprise to incorporate plant gross sales.

Lake Street Inn was beforehand run by Gus Belt and was known as Gus Belt’s Lake Street Inn. Belt additionally began the Steak ‘n Shake franchise on South Most important Avenue in Regular, the place Monical’s Pizza is now. 

“I feel the environment actually attracts individuals in,” Hanson mentioned. “We have taken curiosity in clients and actually care about what they need, and we attempt to make it occur if bodily potential. We love our clients and employees.”


The Lake Street Inn in Hudson, only a block or so from Lake Bloomington, is without doubt one of the space’s oldest current bar and grills.

Hanson by no means labored in a restaurant earlier than proudly owning and working the Lake Street Inn, however he has realized to prepare dinner, bake, fry, bartend and serve, all by himself at instances. He mentioned he realized to prepare dinner by expertise and by speaking to individuals, each by meals distributors and the web. 

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Hanson has a number of tropical vegetation, together with palm and banana bushes, positioned all through the restaurant. This developed right into a plant enterprise known as Equinox Gardens, and Hanson plans to promote the vegetation on the restaurant patio.


Craig Hanson, proprietor of the Lake Street Inn in Hudson, has efficiently navigated COVID and saved his enterprise thriving by exhausting work and a willingness to deal with to clients’ distinctive culinary tastes.

The restaurant additionally has its personal decked-out celebration bus. Folks come to the Lake Street Inn from throughout Central Illinois, together with Chenoa, Minonk and extra. 

“The patio is my favourite,” Hanson mentioned. “I get pleasure from this environment much more than the insurance coverage business, and I’ve undoubtedly developed a bond between employees and clients.” 


Tables within the eating space at Lake Street Inn in Hudson are being surrounded with tropical vegetation, Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Lake Street Inn is understood for its day by day specials. The bluegill is their hottest and constant particular. They’ve hen breasts on Wednesdays, a steak fry on Thursdays and tacos on Tuesdays. Saturdays rotate amongst beef Wellington, low-carb stir fry with cauliflower rice, and even pad Thai. Sundays deliver smoked ribs and typically entire catfish. They’ve additionally completed Alaskan pollock on Fridays. 

Lake Street Inn lately began brunch on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu of omelets, steak and eggs, strawberry cheesecake stuffed crepes, and what they name an “egg shoe,” which is sort of a horseshoe however with breakfast meals. Hanson enjoys making desserts like brownie sundaes, pies, 6-inch cheesecakes and strawberry triple berry frosting, together with drinks like bloody Mary’s and mimosas.


Craig Hanson, proprietor of the Lake Street Inn in Hudson, factors out an advert in The Pantagraph from 1935 that exhibits when the bar and grill opened.

The restaurant gives gluten-free choices, resembling cauliflower pizza crust, gluten-free buns, broccoli, gluten-free beer and extra. 

“I like designing meals specials and options,” Hanson mentioned. “We have had specials promote out simply an hour after they’ve began. We actually let our meals drive us as an alternative of only a bar.”

The Lake Street Inn is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday by Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The total menu is accessible each day from 10 a.m. to shut.

Contact Olivia Jacobs at (309)-820-3352.

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