History of Larrys Diner
History of Plainfield 

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PLAINFIELD HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Historical Anecdotes As Will County's Oldest Community, Plainfield's history is rich in anecdotes.

History tells us that Reuben and Betsey Flagg were two of the oldest settlers in area. Their daughter was the first settler child born in the county in 1830. Just as many families are doing now, the Flaggs decided that Plainfield or Walker's Grove, as it was named until its incorporation in 1834, was more suitable for living than Chicago.

However, the problems that plague Chicago residents today, urban congestion and traffic, were not the problems plaguing the Flaggs. In 1830, swamps covered the City of Chicago and it appeared to be a very undesirable habitat for large populations. Therefore, the Flaggs ventured onwards to Walker's Grove.

This did not stop Reuben Flagg from capitalizing on the Chicago population. Flagg is attributed with delivering the city's first pork shipment, in 1831, to a group of Methodists. The first frame home in Chicago was possible due because Flagg hauled the walnut timbers to build it.

Plainfield is also claimed to be the home of the very first ice cream sundae. Story says that a Plainfield druggist created the novelty after the urgings of patrons to serve something different. Topping some ice cream with syrup, he named it the "sonntag" after his surname. Sonntag means Sunday in German, thus the ice cream sundae was born.

Plainfield's heritage has provided the community with a variety of nicknames: "Will County's Oldest Community" "The Mother of Chicago" - Chicago depended upon the Plainfield settlement for mail and supplies. "Cradle of Methodism" - Fort Beggs cabin

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PLAINFIELD PROUD

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The HISTORY OF LARRY'S DINER

Larry's Diner has been in business for 27 years. Gus Alexopoulus and his partner, who died several years ago, started the diner.

Alexopoulus said setting up shop in Plainfield made a lot of sense.

"We live in Plainfield," he said.

Larry's Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The establishment comes equipped with a banquet hall that holds up to 100 people, and an outdoor dining area for spring and summer enjoyment.

From grilled cheese and the porterhouse steak to Parmesan chicken, patrons have a plethora of options.

Alexopoulus said the diner is committed to ensuring that "everybody is happy" when they drop in.

"I have good reviews," he said.

Alexopoulus credits the success of his business over the years to having "good food, service, a clean place, and good hospitality."

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OUR BUILDING

Rumor has it there was originally a farmstand located on our corner, that began selling meals. A small roadside diner was constructed with a gravel lot. Eventually carhops would take your order and bring your food right to the car. Trays hung from your window and you ate in the comfort of your own car.

Several additions were made to the building over time, just ask us (we are glad to show you where the original building is!)

Larrys Diner in Plainfield History

Last year (in 2018) we invested over $100,000 in improvements and replaced aging systems. Roof, sewers plumbing and more. As you know, with any older building things wear out and need to be replaced. We did just that! Our overall decor remains the same, with our working fireplace on cold days and outdoor dining area available when warm.

We welcome you to our diner for good food, good assortment and friendly staff.

I love going here for breakfast. It is a small hometown diner but has more than just the usual menu options. It has a ton of skillets which the gypsy is my fav. Also the staff is always so friendly! As far as small hometown diners go. This is one of my favs! -- Lukas L. Plainfield, IL   |   I come here about once a month for breakfast and I've never had an issue here. Service is good and food is good. -- Joel C. Plainfield, IL   |   I have been coming to this place since I was 5 years old- the food is great! And huge portions- gyro platter- breakfast and the cream of chicken rice soup is amazing!!! Very clean and welcoming!! -- Jessica E. Plainfield, IL   |   The best grilled cheese sandwich in town!! -- Norma R. Plainfield, IL   |   I love Larry's, and it's because of Denise. She remembers our orders and is a fantastic waitress. She and Carl have kept our family coming to Larry's four years. Cheap, filling breakfast and their chicken rice soup is amazing. Good old fashioned no-frills hearty eats. -- Connie V. Joliet, IL   |   I love going to Larrys, its a really good place to eat. I love thier chicken tenders with cottage fries, and the soup of the day. I eat there at least once a week. and it is delisious!!! The service is great also, theres a waitress name Debbie. She was a great waitress!! -- Shana R. Lockport, IL   |   I had a skillet with skirt steak and it was prepared nicely. The coffee was also fresh and delicious. We also had a very friendly server. He was an older gentleman who has worked there for a very long time. He should be commended on his outstanding service. -- Bob L. Joliet, IL   |   For consistent good service and good food, Larry's is tough to beat. Past critiques of outdated decor are silly. The entire place was recently renovated and is clean and comfy. Obviously this is not a 5 star restaurant, but they don't portend to be either. Instead they are your typical small town family diner. Sure there are a few duds on the menu, but most items are very good. The valley is very good as is the Monte cristo. My daughter loves the beefarella too. Simply put, its simple good food at low prices. -- Tom B. Plainfield, IL   |   Been going by Larry's Diner for years, like reading their sign marquis that they have Walleye & skillets. Ordered a couple of omelets, excellent quality, hash browns good, blueberry pancakes great. The waitress and owners really care. The bill was fantastic for what you got. Very friendly, great variety on all the menu's, this place is a hidden gem. -- Paul P. Chicago, IL   |   Larry's has always been a local greasy spoon restaurant in the Plainfield area. We used to go here for lunch occasionally. I recently had to be in the area for work but was severely jet lagged. Luckily, Larry's was open at 5:00 am and was ready to serve me breakfast. I had the skillet with a side of pancakes and coffee. The serving size was huge and I could finish half the skillet and a bit of the pancakes. They tasted great! The service was perfect as well. -- Jeff B. Glen Ellyn, IL   |   This is your stereo typical small town diner. You get a lot of food for your money. The skillets are very big too. Sometimes service is a little slow but the wait is worth it. Waitresses are friendly and the atmosphere is unique. -- Jim H. Westmont, IL   |   I come here about once a month for breakfast and I've never had an issue here. Service is good and food is good. -- Joel C. Plainfield, IL   |   Nice place, old style interiors. Food was good and delicious. -- Patty W. Hidalgo, IL   |   I've always felt that every town needs a good diner. A place to grab an affordable meal in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Larry's fits the bill. While it seems to cater to an older clientele, you get the sense that these are Plainfield residents who support their community. Worth a visit if a diner is what you're looking for! -- Rich F. Plainfield, IL   |   Larry's Diner has a great breakfast , you get a good amount of food for the price. The service is good, he always came around to see if everything was good . The atmosphere is great, clean place to eat. -- Vince L. Bolingbrook, IL   |   Our business group meets here every Tuesday. We chose to meet at Larry's because the food is great. And Carl is our regular waiter. Carl has been here for years and is both funny and quick to refill your coffee. We are back every week! -- Robert Plainfield, IL   |   The food is really good here. I was a fan of the Lone Star in Channahon and now the night cook is at Larry's! This will only make the restaurant better. Can't wait to go back. -- Crystal S. Joliet, IL   |   Classic diner food. Happy we tried this place. -- Mark R. Plainfield, IL   |   Love great local place plainfield STAPLE! Larry is amazing..good place to go for great food reliable service -- Courtney O. Plainfield, IL   |   The restaurant was clean and neat. I was seated immediately. I ordered a monte cristo, which is one of my favorites, with a beer.The food was good and the beer was cold. The waitress Christie, was attentive and made sure I knew about the specials.She made sure I had Water and noticed when my beer was about finished, asking me if I wanted another, which I did not. I did not have to wait for my check, or ask for anything.People were friendly and I left satisfied, knowing this was a place I would visit again. -- Ralph B. Joliet, IL   |   This diner has become a fan of the older crowd- a lot of things on the menu so that us older folk can choose what we can have that day! Just kidding! A good restaurant, noisy at times but I'd rather have noisy and busy than quiet and dead. Pretty much a type of restaurant you do not see much of these days, so they must be doing something right. No matter the mood, I am always greeted with a genuine smile(rare these days) and no matter the crowd, my food is served on time, hot and tasty. Don't go with high expectations of elaborate cuisine. Go with a hungry crowd, a bit of money, and leave with the leftovers for later. -- Lisa O. Naperville, IL   |   Best example of diner food -- Drew Z. Plainfield, IL   |   A BIG THANK YOU to Larry's Diner OF PLAINFIELD, IL for providing sandwiches for the volunteers of St. Mary Immaculate - Annual Garage Sale 6/13 thru 6/16. All of us really appreciated your thoughtfulness. -- Cathy B. Plainfield, IL
DESERTS and FULL BAR

We offer a collection of deserts to satisfy any sweet tooth! banana Splits, Sundaes, Shakes, Fruit Pies, Cream Pies, Rice Pudding, Jello, or a simple dish of ice cream!

We also have a full service bar for cocktails, beer and wine. Mixed drinks, blended drinks and imported liquor are our specialty. Order a kiddie cocktail for the little ones, too!

Ask about our no-alcohol cocktails

Larry's Diner
24522 Lockport St Plainfield
Open everyday 5am - 10pm
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