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 Hotels, Bars & Restaurants

By Alex Haglund Jun. 22, 2010  Xenia, Ill.  

A flurry of activity has kept the owner and the staff of T-Bone’s Stand in Xenia busy on Monday, their first day open for business. T-Bone’s has just opened in the space formerly occupied by the Grapevine.

“This is the first time it’s gotten quiet all day,” said Charlotte Pride, the eatery’s owner.

Work for the opening day began at 6 a.m. with the beginnings of a coffee crowd. “They actually had more than coffee,” said Pride, “Some of them came back with their wives and ordered breakfast.”

Pride says that the specials are a good lunch option and will change every day.”I’ll always have two meat choices. Today was meatloaf and porkchops. Tomorrow it will be something else.”

Getting to know the community and her customers is also a priority for Pride. She invites suggestions, “If you don’t complain about something, I can’t fix it. Even foodwise. If there is something I don’t have that they want, unless they tell me, I won’t know.”

Pride and her family and friends have been hard at work getting the restaurant open. “The Village of Xenia and First Community Bank have been awesome with helping out and are nothing but supportive,” said Pride. “Oh and my family and friends. I am just so, so happy that my family is supporting me.

Along with her mother Lela and her sister Cheryl, who have been helping out in the kitchen, Pride also has help from her employee, waitress Helen Delzell. “I’m a people person,” said Delzell, “I like people and this community has really been great.”

Pride agrees: “She’s just the type of person you need to have waiting on people.”

The restaurant is a family friend place to eat or catch up on the news. Even the name T-Bone’s Stand has something to do Prides family– the name is in honor of her two late sons: Virgil, who went by T-Bone; and Stanley, or Stan (That’s why the ‘s’ and the ‘d’ on the sign are in different colors, Pride says).

“It’s my way of being able to say that they’re still with me. So that I can let them know I’m ok,” Pride says with a smile.

T-Bone’s Stand is now open in Xenia. Tentative hours will be from Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.


 Eatery - T-Bones Stand, Front Street

The Moody House is kept by Charles Moody and is the principal hotel of the town.

J. P. Hill and J. G. Hill each are engaged in the hotel business on a smaller scale.

Extracted from History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884

1884 - Moody House

Photograph courtesy of and copyright of Alex Haglund, Advocate Press

The owner and operator of T-Bone’s Stand in Xenia is Charlotte Pride (in plaid). With her are, from left, her mother, Lela Pride, sister, Cheryl Pride and T-Bone’s waitress, Helen Delzell.

Article courtesy of and copyright of The Clay County Advocate Jun 22, 2010


1923 - Elza Pickering - Famous restaurant man

The famous restaurant man, Elza Pickering, informed us one day last week he was real sick, but after a serious effort to practice the theory that thinking is a reality, just began to believe he was well and O.K. and so he was. Elza says good honest hard work is all he needs.

Extracted from The Flora Journal Record of Jul 12, 1923

Early restaurants

Early hotels

1907 - got so rich?

It is reported that J. L. Bradley has got so rich keeping hotel that he wants to expand and talks of going to St. Louis to try his fortunes in that town.

Extracted from The Southern Illinois Journal - September 20, 1907