After $1M Makeover, Old Marquee Restaurant Reopens To Rave Reviews

Thursday, January 18, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Anthony Donato, owner of Broadview Family Restaurant. | VFP 

Jerome Watson, a Broadview resident who lives just up the street from Broadview Family Restaurant, 2417 Roosevelt Rd., in Broadview, had already been to the new and improved family establishment twice since it opened last Thursday.

Watson was a regular at the restaurant when it was called the Marquee — a 40-year staple of the community. After a $1 million, 15-month remodeling project, which included the christening of a new name on the restaurant’s marquee (no pun intended), Watson said he may frequent the restaurant even more than he did in the past.

“This one is much better,” he said between sipping an order of soup on Jan. 18, the day of the new and improved restaurant’s grand opening. “It’s bigger, the menu is larger, everything is just more enjoyable.”

For Lindop District 92 school board member Princess Dempsey, who was also a regular at the Marquee, the catfish — and the service — is all the rage.

“She’s a good server, she takes care of us,” Dempsey said of waitress Kassandra Arboleda, who was all smiles as she passed out complimentary slices of cakes before the official ribbon-cutting of the restaurant that virtually everyone interviewed called a definite improvement over the old one.

Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson lauded the reconstructed and renamed establishment.

“This has been a pillar of the community for many years,” she said during the grand opening. “And it has improved. The video gaming in the old place was out in the open, now you don’t see it. The bathrooms are bigger. It’s very nice.”

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Broadview village officials, including Mayor Katrina Thompson and state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, cut the ribbon with Donato on Jan. 17. | VFP 

During the ribbon-cutting, Thompson recalled the moment that Anthony Donato, the restaurant’s 33-year-old owner, asked her to recommend a name for the newly remodeled facility.

“I said it should be the Marquee and Anthony said, ‘I’m thinking about changing the name.’ I told him to talk to his wife,” Thompson recalled, laughing — the implication is that enacting such a major identity change for a place with four decades of history and memories is best left to the owners.

But although the name is changed, the restaurant’s DNA is very much intact, said Donato, who had just taken over ownership of the Marquee when he decided to remodel.

“I operated the Marque for three months before starting the remodel,” he said. “The old restaurant has a lot of history and a built-in base of loyal customers, but there wasn’t a lot of space to accommodate their needs.”

Donato said that the redesigned establishment features a larger floor plan to accommodate groups of up to 30 people.

The expanded menu still carries family diner staples like pancakes and burgers, but the longer operating hours (the Marquee was only open until 3 p.m.) mean that Broadview Family Restaurant can really show off its dinner menu, which Donato said features a Grecian and Italian flair.

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The outside of Broadview Family Restaurant, which recently reopened after a year-long remodel. | VFP

Work started on the build-out last year, under former mayor Sherman Jones, and was helped along by $350,000 in TIF funds offered by the village of Broadview.

Jones, now a trustee, said that he believes the TIF investment will more than pay off in the long term, adding that the remodel is part of a larger pattern of new investment taking place in the village.

“We have a lot of stuff going on around here,” he said. “Everything in a municipality centers around finances. You have to generate, and continue to improve, your finances. And this is how we find a way to generate more revenue without increasing property taxes.”

Other village officials, like Clerk Kevin McGrier, who is also vice-president of Broadview’s Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

“This does nothing but spur more business to come here,” McGrier said of the remodeled restaurant. “A business owner who sees this as a thriving business gets more inspiration to come here.”

Donato said that he was looking forward to another 40 years.


“This cost over $1 million and we were over-budget, it took a while, but all that matters is we’re open now,” he said. “We’ll be here forever.” VFP 

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One thought on “After $1M Makeover, Old Marquee Restaurant Reopens To Rave Reviews”

  1. Broadview Family restaurant is too expensive for the quality of food served, so we don’t go often.

    I received 2 $5.00 Free Play vouchers in the mail for the Gaming room slots. The first one which was redeemed in June–it took the Manager 20 minutes to figure out what to do with it.

    The second one which I tried to redeem on July 26, 2018, but I was advised the restaurant doesn’t leave any money with its employee. So, the young lady took down my name and telephone number, and said someone would call me the next day. So, I decided to stay and play a while. What a nightmare.

    My first winnings,I put the ticket in the money machine and up popped OUT OF ORDER. The young lady called for service, no one came out, the machine started working again and it spit out a crumbled up $20.00 bill and a voucher for $13.00 and some change. Since the young lady didn’t have access to any money, she added to the previous note about the money machine. She called the money machine office and told them what we were experiencing. Thinking the machine was okay, I continued to play. This time I won $34.00 and some change. Put the voucher in the machine, this time it only gave me a voucher for $14.00 and some change. It didn’t give me the $20.00. The young lady made another note and put on the voucher $20.00 not received and initialed the voucher.

    Another nightmare. I went back to Broadview Restaurant and was shocked at how the Manager treated me. I said I was there to get the $5.00 in free play and redeem the vouchers, and get my $20.00. She shouted to me “you’ll have to wait, I can’t help you right now, I have a lot of carry outs to do”. Everyone was looking at her. So, I stood there. She went to the kitchen and came back and took the Free Play token, and walked me to the machine and inserted the $5.00. I asked what about my $48.45 which I didn’t get from the machine? She said I’ll have to call the company. She came back to me and said “someone will be out in an hour. I walked in the doors at 1:00 p.m. and left at 3:30 p.m. The repairman for the ATM machine finally showed up. He said to me “she wouldn’t give you your money. I said “no”, she said mI had to wait for you. He explained to the Manager that all she had to do was advise them of the problem and they would have given her verification, and I could nhave been on my way. Instead, I had to sit there and loose money and time. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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