In the late 1990’s a major initiative began to restore and redevelop the turn-of-the-century, three-story landmark building on the southeast corner of the square and two smaller adjoining buildings on East Market Street. The landmark corner building at 100 East Market Street had been home to some of Taylorville’s most iconic business ventures: The Depression-era Farmers National Bank; Central Illinois theater conglomerate Frisina Enterprises; and Peabody Coal Company corporate headquarters. The adjacent buildings housed a variety of retail endeavors including the original Chestnut and Sons funeral parlor/furniture store, Bryan and Bruns Furniture, and Tindel's Music Shop, among many others.
After the painstaking restoration, performed by a crew of all-local contractors, was completed, the buildings at 100-104 East Market Street opened to the public in December of 2000 as One East Market, a fine-dining venue for Taylorville and surrounding communities. A part of Taylorville’s history was salvaged, too, when architectural artifacts from a number of local buildings were incorporated into the new venue. The classic, art deco, pink neon letters proclaiming One East had been salvaged from the Marblestone building, a century-old business owned by the Marblestone family of Taylorville, on the south side of the square. Inside One East Market, bookshelves from the veterinary clinic of Dr. Irving Rossoff and a brass and glass light fixture that once hung in the majestic showroom of the Kimball Building, which housed the national guard during the Mine Wars, greeted guests upon entrance to the lounge. Arcadian French doors from the East Franklin Street Gallagher Apartments graced the entrance to the private dining room. And, guests entering the Shumway Room, named after Taylorville's Colonel D. D. Shumway, passed between columns from the exterior of the Antlers Hotel in downtown Taylorville. Tucked away in a remote corner, was a chair from Paul's Shoe Store. Throughout the building artifacts of local history stood along side the artwork of photographer Beth Summer and later work by Greg Cebulski and an original oil painting by Taylorville artist Jane Frye.
One East has proudly hosted governors and dignitaries; holiday brunches and high teas; business groups and civic events; special occasions for special people; and, most of all a wonderful crowd of customers and friends, all loyal and supportive of One East over the years. We've also had the pleasure of providing a venue for some of the finest music in Central Illinois. . .Eldorado, Sally Weisenberg, Dan Rivero, Frank Trompeter, Jane Hartman, Frank Parker, Abigail Walsh, Ron DeMichiel, and Antone DeRocchi and the outstanding lineup of local and area musicians that he has brought in on Thursday open mic nights, to name a select few.
To all who have enjoyed and patronized One East, we thank you, sincerely. It has been our pleasure and privilege to serve you. To our staff, a grateful thank you to a talented and dedicated group of simply outstanding people. After fourteen years, we have decided to retire from the food and entertainment industry. One East Market will close for business on October 31, 2014. Gift certificates will be honored through that date.
With grateful appreciation to all,
Bob Cooper, Dan and Marylee Rasar