The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

New La Harpe Restaurant Opens-Rivals On Main II

by Becky Sears Smith - The Quill

Rivals on Main II, located in the former Tastee-Freez building at 201 West Main Street in La Harpe, opened their new business on June 19.

Robert and Missy Root along with Jim Smith and Kim (Root) Doorn-bos-Smith are the owners of Rivals on Main in Stronghurst (formerly Kone Korner) and they are excited to bring Rivals On Main II at the La Harpe location.

Robert and Kim's roots run deep in the restaurant business as their grandfather, Bob Cole began the first Kone Korner in Stronghurst. A few years before Bob's death, Bob's daughter Janet Root purchased the business and ran Kone Korner. Now a third generation are expanding from a tastee freez to a restaurant with the change of name to Rivals On Main.

Their second Rivals On Main II is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

Several booths and tables for inside customer seating is available in La Harpe and a service window for outside orders and pick-up. The Rivals On Main II business phone number is (217) 659-3900.

The new restaurant offers daily specials as well as evening dinners served from 4:00-9:00 p.m.. They also offer vanilla, chocolate, and twist ice cream along with shakes, malts, sundaes, and flurries just in time for summer.

The owners are still seeking items of school sport memorabilia for their restaurant's dˇcor. Kim states, "it can be any sport from any school". They have received several items for display, but contact them if you have pictures, plaques, jerseys, etc that you have to offer.

Kim compliments her excellent group of workers. "They are doing a fantastic job," she said. She also remarked how much she appreciated how everyone has welcomed them into the community and how patient they have been as they work out the kinks in the first days of business.

Employees include: Annette Day, Christina Geissler, Cheyenne Imthurn, Lyle Lant, Sherri Lant, Brayden McGinity, Kim Perry, and Joey Stonger.