Pinecone Cottage Awarded "Essential Independent Restaurant" in Downers Grove, ILL

I LOVE RESTAURANTS is honored to announce that Pinecone Cottage has been awarded "Essential Independent Restaurant" for Downers Grove, Ill. 

This award is granted to only one restaurant per American community.

At ILR we have come to terms with a sad truth:

Many independent restaurants will not survive. Among those will be restaurants that are cherished by their local community and that share values that will be important for these same communities post crisis.

Among the many valued restaurants in Downers Grove, we believe that Pinecone Cottage is the one that most meets those criteria, for the following reasons:

  • There are few magical restaurants that remind us of the shops of yore, where it feels like faeries could be present inside.  Pinecone Cottage embodies much of what has been lost as the presence of chain brands have reduced the individuality of our downtowns.
  • Such a restaurant is especially important in Downers Grove, which itself works hard to attract visitors from around Chicago to visit its very special downtown.  All unique anchors to that downtown experience are critical for commerce to lift itself up again post crisis.
  • Finally, Pinecone Cottage is one of the few restaurants left in America that specializes in afternoon tea and in intimate bridal and baby showers.  As this crisis makes us all turn back to human connection and the vital importance of tradition and ritual for our families, Pinecone Cottage will be needed more than ever after this crisis is over.

Part of being awarded "Essential Independent Restaurant" is that ILR commits itself to fundraising on behalf of Pinecone Cottage and of its employees.

It's mission critical that we help them all to recapitalize, rehire and add more value to Downers Grove than ever before.  Owner Pamela Geralds says: "My priority is to bring my staff 'home'.  These are college students, retirees and some making a fresh start.  Pinecone Cottage holds a special place in the hearts of many in town because of the kindness and courage of these women."

To support Pinecone Cottage, we encourage you to visit I LOVE RESTAURANTS.  The vast majority of gross profits, between $3.50 and $11 per item you purchase from the link above, will be gifted to help Pinecone College and its team to weather out the storm.

Moreover, we will also provide referral links to each staff member of Pinecone Cottage so that they too can encourage support from you, their friends and loved ones.  They have lost so much in this crisis.  You have a real chance to help return the love they have brought to Downers Grove.

Our fundraising campaign on their behalf will continue for several months in Downers Grove.  Please look for the links to I LOVE RESTAURANTS as they circulate around town, and support Pinecone Cottage and its team to help our country and your area to preserve America's Essential Independent Restaurants.

Love, Peter LeSar & Dimitra Murphy

P.S.  As you order items from I LOVE RESTAURANTS, please copy and paste the following Pinecone Referral link in your social media telling your friends and loved ones why you did so.  Your efforts will encourage the support of others:)