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Longtime restaurant gets new life

Last updated: May 26. 2014 11:17PM - 8519 Views
By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com



Cora Blackwell recently purchased what was Vic Mar's Famous Seafood Restaurant on Main Street in Edwardsville and plan to open a ice cream/burger shop. Blackwell is shown getting the “Neapolitan Room” ready for customers.
Cora Blackwell recently purchased what was Vic Mar's Famous Seafood Restaurant on Main Street in Edwardsville and plan to open a ice cream/burger shop. Blackwell is shown getting the “Neapolitan Room” ready for customers.
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EDWARDSVILLE — There is a lot of meaning in the name of the new ice cream parlor/restaurant that will open in the former Vic Mar’s Famous Seafood Restaurant space on Main Street.


Kyleigh’s, scheduled to open in late June or early July, is named after two 18-year-olds who were killed in a car crash on Route 11 in Plymouth Township in 2009.


Cora Blackwell, owner of Kyleigh’s, is the mother of Kyle Eckrote, who was killed in the accident with his girlfriend, Courtney Leigh Engle.


“I wanted to do something in memory of them,” Blackwell said. “So I incorporated their names into one for the shop.”


Vic Mar’s was a popular spot for more than 60 years. It opened in 1945 and closed in 2009.


But there will be no more clams, shrimp or lobster tails at Kyleigh’s.


Blackwell said the new business will be a year-round ice cream parlor that will also serve up cheeseburgers, hot dogs and french fries.


Blackwell, of Plymouth, has contractors renovating the building that has been vacant for since early 2009.


She said she still hasn’t determined the date for her grand opening, but she hopes to start serving ice cream by early summer.


The building is divided into two parts — the right side will house the ice cream parlor and will open first.


Blackwell said renovations will be done to the other side where the old Vic Mar’s bar area was, and that will become a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.


“We’re excited,” she said of the business venture. “We will serve quality ice cream and with all of the walk-in traffic on Main Street, we know we will be busy.”


A playground is located adjacent to the property and borough athletic fields and basketball courts are just a block away.


The shop will have plenty of seating inside in what Blackwell calls the “Neapolitan Room” — the walls are strawberry pink and the ceiling and floor are vanilla(white) and chocolate (brown).


“We’re going to have a drive-through window, too,” Blackwell said. “We want this to be a fun place for people of all ages.”


Edwardsville Councilman Gary Mack said he and his fellow council members are pleased to have another new business opening on Main Street.


“We have worked hard to get our Main Street filled with businesses,” Mack said. “This is another step in the right direction.”


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