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Silver Dollars opens in Momence

May 4, 2019

The former Momence Family House restaurant along Illinois Route 1 has new ownership and a new name.

Silver Dollars Pancake House, 125 W. Dixie Highway, opened April 23 and is the company’s third regional location, noted owner Eddie Iljazi, of Frankfort.

The location had been vacant for at least two years.

Iljazi noted the family-owned and operated business had been looking for a third location for about a year and had been exploring some sites in the Manteno and Beecher areas when they were made aware of the idled Momence restaurant.

He toured the location and instantly agreed this would be the site. The two others restaurants are located in Yorkville and Elwood. Iljazi said the Yorkville restaurant opened in 2003 and Elwood in 2010.

The Momence restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location employs a staff of about 15. The Momence restaurant has seating for 120 and is located just west of the intersection where the Shell gas station and Burger King restaurant sit.

The business has extensive breakfast and lunch offerings. It operates in much the same fashion as Yolks & Berries in Bradley, meaning it does not compete for the dinner crowd.

The location was purchased in late 2018, and once work began, it took about two months to bring the restaurant into the shape the 35-year-old Iljazi sought.

“We’ve wanted to be in this area for quite a while. Once I saw this location, and its proximity to the Kankakee River, I knew this was the place. Momence is such a nice little town and you just can’t beat our view.”

Opened only just over a week, the owner said the restaurant has been well received.

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Kankakee native and Spikeball owner Chris Ruder has had his business named as one of The Best Small Companies of 2019 by national business publication Forbes in its April 30 publication.

Spikeball was one of 25 U.S. companies to earn this honor.

Born and raised in Kankakee, the son of Suzy and the late Jim Ruder has gained national exposure for the creation of the business he started in June 2008. He was featured on the start-up business television show “Shark Tank” in May 2015.

Ruder, Spikeball’s CEO, is a graduate of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School and Marquette University.

Forbes noted all 25 honored companies are “privately owned and closely held, and they share a commitment to being the best at what they do, providing stellar service to customers, offering employees fulfilling, rewarding work and being vital members of their communities.”

Spikeball is based in Chicago.

According to the profile in Forbes, Spikeball had $19 million in 2018 revenue and a workforce of 23.

Ruder launched the game in 2008 when he raised $100,000 from family and friends to produce the equipment to play Spikeball.

Spikeball is available through many brick-and-mortar stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, and online through Amazon.

Among other companies noted by Forbes were Greenville, S.C.-based Advoco, an equipment tracking company whose clients include PepsiCo and Starbucks; Filtrine Manufacturing, of Keene, N.H., a custom water system; Harvest Group, of Rogers, Ark., a small business management firm; and Life’s Abundance, of Jupiter, Fla., a maker and seller of healthy pet food.