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50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

On November 20, 2012, Mary Lou’s Grill held a 50th anniversary celebration inside the restaurant. Customers dining in that day were treated to free cake and other goodies in commemoration of the eatery’s big milestone. “I’m very proud to carry…

Back in the Day…

Back in the Day…

  Over the years, Carbondale has changed a lot.  Seen in the background is Hewitt’s Drugs, which is now the block where Mary Lou’s Grill is located. This photo was taken in the late 1930′s or early 1940′s and it features…

Mary Lou’s the song!

Mary Lou’s the song!

       The Story Behind The Song Dana Clark was just an undergraduate student at Southern Illinois University when she learned about this small restaurant by the railroad tracks. She recalled the place being packed and Mary Lou herself…