Construction of Marriott Convention Center in Normal, Illinois.
The Medici Restaurant is visible below the beam.
What does it take for Hyde Park restauranteur Hans Morsbach to fulfill his aspirations?
As they put it on the Normal Medici website:
The Medici on 57th is located in a dry district, and the possibility of having a delicious drink in an amazing atmosphere, where his passion for woodworking and people could meet and join forces was a pinacle [sic] achievement for Hans. The Medici in Normal fulfills his aspirations.
Being able to serve booze, above all, which Morsbach has always regretted he can't do on 57th Street. But also the legal power of eminent domain working in your favor, and the good graces of Marriott International, Inc, which will disgorge hundreds of parched conference-goers directly into your saloon as of 2009 or so.
Alcohol, Marriott, and urban renewal: all things Morsbach has objected to in his own Hyde Park back yard.
It should be clear that Morsbach doesn't have any issues with Marriott, wet bars, or forced land clearance at his second, downstate restaurant location, even though he is outspoken in his efforts to block the construction of a new Marriott Hotel in Hyde Park, and actively supported a local liquor ban as the best way to accomplish this goal.
The $64,000,000 Marriott convention center in Normal, Illinois, is directly across from Morsbach's new restaurant, will have 229 rooms, a 23,000 square foot conference center, a 500 space parking deck, and is being built on land assembled through the use of eminent domain, to the benefit of area businesses, including the Normal Medici.
Red Wines By the Bottle
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|Sparkling Wines By the Bottle |
|White Wines By the Glass |
|Red Wines By the Glass |
|Medici Cocktails |
|Downstairs Drafts |
|Upstairs Drafts |
|Bottled Beer |