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Pittsfield's Red Dome Inn under new ownership

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's new life for an iconic restaurant in Pittsfield, Illinois, one month after it was shut down.

The Red Dome Inn has been a staple in the Pike County community since 1973, and now it's under new ownership.

(See "Tri-States Originals: Red Dome Inn")

"We're ready to make a pretty big announcement that it looks like somebody's going to buy it and we're happy about that," said Pittsfield Mayor John Hayden.

Mayor Hayden says it's been difficult watching the Red Dome Inn close, since it's a restaurant he grew up with.

"When it did go under it was quite devastating to everybody because it was like everybody lost a little part of them when it left, because I'm sure everybody had been there," said Mayor Hayden. 

The Red Dome Inn has been a part of the Pittsfield community for 37 years. During that time, it's changed locations three times and changed ownership twice.

But, on December 29th, the restaurant shut it's doors, bringing a tough blow to the community.

"Thirty to 50 people were working there between the full time and the part time so, that was a great impact on that," said Mayor Hayden.

And, many of those former employees. plus hundreds more are now putting in their application to work again at a place that's been an icon for Pike County.

"Believe it or not, they've had 300 apply for work," said Mayor Hayden.

Once the lights get back on and the place fills up with life again, residents like Walker Filbert hope it will bring people back to the square, which Filbert calls the 'life blood' of Pittsfield.

"You want to have good tenants along the square that brings a lot of foot traffic and business and what not because, if you have one business like that it's good for all the businesses along the square," said Filbert.

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