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Luna Cafe
The cafe was built in 1924, two years prior to the establishment of Route 66. It is rumored to have been frequented by gangsters like Al Capone. The Luna did operate as a cafe‚ on the main floor, but had a gambling operation in the basement and a "house of ill repute" upstairs. The neon sign out front, still standing, has a cherry which used ruby glass to enhance its red glow. It is said that if the cherry was lit, the girls were in. At one time, the cafe was a "fine dining establishment" and so expensive that most law-abiding citizens could not afford to eat there. There is an ongoing effort to have the neon sign restored to its former glory.
Alignment 1926||1930
Southern Region

201 East Chain of Rocks Road
(618) 931-3152
Mitchell, IL

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