From 1966 to today, downtown Naperville has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – The Lantern.
“Don and Pat (Feldott) bought the bar in 1966, he had been working here part time while he was also working at Moser Lumber,” said Teri Feldott, a General Manager with The Lantern.
Since then, this downtown Naperville staple has been owned and operated by the Feldott family, who have worked to keep The Lantern’s original spirit, and look, alive.
“I know physically it’s changed a little bit over the years, but not a whole lot. In a town like Naperville where things change so much and we have so many new places, which is great, but it’s nice to have the old favorite on the corner,” said Teri.
A sentiment felt by regulars of all ages.
“It’s the place where everything is. When we were young this was the bar in Naperville, nothing was in downtown Naperville, this was it,” said John Mains, who met his wife Lori at The Lantern.
“We always came down here,” added Lori.
“You couldn’t get a better burger in town, you couldn’t get a better beer in town,” said John.
“It just feels really homey to us, it’s comfortable. If there’s ever anything special we’re celebrating we stop here,” said Sara Kalelkar, who went on her first date with fiancé Ryan Eberle at The Lantern.
This feeling of comfort and tradition is one of the many things that has set The Lantern apart from the beginning.
“I think honestly, it started with Don and the way that he ran this business. He is a very humble, giving, caring man and I think that he was very passionate about what he did when he was here, and he set a core that we just grew from. I mean it was a place that you always felt welcomed and taken care of, and I really believe that we’re doing all we can to keep that tradition going,” said The Lantern’s other General Manager, Brenda Dieter.
A tradition you can join in on, seven days a week at the corner of Washington and Chicago Avenue.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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