241. Marketplace: Turn Back Time at The Bread Basket

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We’re stepping back in time and sharing a little Barrington history with this week’s Marketplace feature here at 365Barrington.com.  Not many restaurants in town have a history that goes back 100 years.  Except for the Bread Basket which, years ago, was the go-to place to grab a seat at the bar for a sip from an old-fashioned soda fountain.

The business has changed hands five times since it opened as McCleister’s Sweets Emporium 100 years ago and it was established as the Bread Basket in 1974.  You’ll still find fountain drinks here today, along with a special blend of familiar food and faces plus the distinct feel of times gone by.

We’re excited to share the story behind The Bread Basket today, the newest addition to the Barrington Online Marketplace here at 365Barrington.com.

But first, we want to take a second to explain how the Marketplace works:


On Mondays each week, we’ll be introducing you to the latest members of our marketplace and sending an email to people who’ve signed up for our newsletter, The 365 Barrington Buzz. If you’d like to receive those emails, which will also include information about upcoming events, we’d be happy to add you to our list of subscribers. Just enter your email here and click “Submit”.

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You’ll find the new community resource at 365Barrington.com/Marketplace. To have your business, organization, home or event featured in the new Marketplace,visit 365Barrington.com/Advertise for more information or call Liz at 847-691-3150.

Now back to The Bread Basket, the man behind the counter and the restaurant’s colorful history…

People who’ve been around Barrington a while remember the old McLeister’s Sweets Emporium & Soda Shop which first opened for business at this Park Avenue location back in 1913.

But where McLeister’s once had a bar and stools, today, Sam has a servers’ station decorated with photos given to him by his most loyal customers over the years.

To learn more about McLeister’s, The Bread Basket and its owner, Sam Nikolaidis, CLICK HERE for the rest of the story…


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