A couple weeks ago I was trying to think of something to do for this month’s patent-pending Thirsty-Third Friday event for the maddening month of March and I thought about having the second annual coney dog at The Red Barn. So I went and looked at the post for the first one and saw that it happened in October of 2016, over a year ago. How did we skip doing this in 2017? Well, no sense in dwelling over past mistakes, let’s just correct it by having a coney dog party right here and now and I’ve decided since it’s been over a year, we'll make this "The Second Not Quite Annual Coney Dog Festival," because a festival is so much more festive than a party. So there!
Here we are at the Red Barn, a classic Peoria tavern. It’s been standing tall here for decades and if you haven’t been here or it’s been a while, stop in and have a beer or a drink and help local places like this stay in business. Let’s not have things like this keep happening here! Okay, let’s go in and start this not quite annual coney dog festival!
There’s Cherry behind the bar serving up an ice-cold bottle of Budweiser, a perfect start for this festive evening!
Before the festival got underway, my friend Tony, the former and founding owner of Khaki Jack’s presented me with two wonderful gifts: The creepy Mr. Peanut sign from the bar and a matching Mr. Peanut t-shirt that says, “Got Nuts?” I love them! Thanks Tony and I’ll wear the t-shirt in pride and the Mr. Peanut sign will go up in a place of honor on the walls of the MBIP World Headquarters!
You can’t have a second not quite so annual coney dog festival without coney dogs and there’s Randy, who’s the Coney Dog Chef here at The Red Barn with his hot dog steamer and his award-winning coney dog sauce brewing away. Randy makes these every Saturday afternoon here at the Red Barn. Since this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, in addition to the coney dogs, he’s also preparing corned beef, so stop by for that celebration!
The Coney Dog
Here’s the first coney dog being made and dressed by Randy.
Is that a work of coney dog art or what? It’s almost too beautiful to eat, but the operative word there is, “almost...”
Because about three seconds after I took that photo I inhaled the coney dog. I swear Randy makes the coney dogs in the world and I’ve had them at Nathan’s in Coney Island and his beats them hands down!
The Festive Guests!
Here’s photos of the guests that came to sample the coney dogs and hang out at the Red Barn. I thank each and every one for showing up and making it a fun and festive evening!
As the party goes on, let me show you some of my favorite things at the Red Barn.
Some Of My Favorite Things At The Red Barn
Randy and Spuds and the Nutt Hutt, these are just a few of my favorite things here at the Red Barn! There’s so much cool stuff packed in here that you could spend a week looking at everything on display in here. This is just a sampling of the fun things to gaze at while you’re in here.
The Most Graffiti In A Bar In The World!
I’ve never seen so much graffiti in any other bar and I’ve been to a lot of bars through the years. This is just a small portion of thoughts and sayings people have scrawled onto the tables and walls of the Red Barn, you could spend beyond forever trying to read all of the graffiti in here!
And Finally A Little Graffiti Ditty About Chuck And Diane...
This is the newest graffiti that got carved into this table last night in in honor of two of the best people of all time, my friends, Chuck and Diane! They made a real effort to stop by last night to visit and I thank them and everyone else for coming by, it was a blast! Special thanks to Randy for brewing up a batch of delicious coney dogs, stop by the Red Barn this and every Saturday to sample them!
The Red Barn
621 W. Glen Avenue
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