A favorite late night venue for hungry students, Broadview Restaurant has overhauled its 24/7 schedule to alleviate economic strain on the business. The diner will now close its doors to the public at 9 p.m. every night.
Manager Tracey Cuevas, 49, attributes the change to the slow current of business during the later hours.
“Third shift just wasn’t as busy,” Cuevas admitted.
Similarly, employees willing to work late hours with few customers were difficult to come by. The restaurant has been in Cuevas’s family for several years now. Her mother, Diana Pacheco, 67, has owned the restaurant for nearly ten years now, but both women had already been working for the previous owner for several years. The decision to change the schedule wasn’t an easy one.
“My mom is a third shift person, she likes third shift and third shift people,” said Cuevas.
Despite rumors, Cuevas maintains that the new hours have little to do with the nature of third shift clientele.
With bars closing at 2 a.m. in Galesburg, patrons are left with few choices for a late night meal. As a result, Broadview workers would contract police officers during the weekend to ensure a peaceful environment. Intoxicated patrons would occasionally cause disturbances.
“We’d replace the toilet in the bathroom and they’d break it…we’d replace the mirror in the bathroom and they’d break it,” Cuevas said. “We had our issues,” she admitted, but assures that the decision was primarily based on slow business.
Students on campus have expressed their disappointment regarding the new hours.
Junior Maddie Mondeaux had planned on concluding her birthday celebration with a late night trip to the Broadview. “I was really looking forward to a late-night birthday waffle,” said Mondeaux, who has fond memories of her frequent dining experiences at the restaurant.
“I liked the sense of camaraderie that came with going to the Broadview late at night,” she said, recalling 3 a.m. trips from campus amongst large groups of students. Mondeaux refers to the change as “a loss of a beautiful Knox tradition.”
With only Hardee’s drive-through on East Main Street and Steak n’ Shake on North Henderson Street, students are left without a 24-hour food remedy in walking distance. For students without transportation, the options are even further limited.
“It’s such a great tradition at Knox,” senior Jacob Schneider said. “Get drunk, go to the Broadview and eat.”
For those evenings, however, driving is not an option and without the Broadview, Schneider is left without options.
Although Cuevas and her mother have received a great deal of protest in response to their new hours, they remain firm in their choice. “People keep asking if we’re going to switch the hours back…the answer for now is no.”
Although the restaurant will close at 9 p.m., the adjacent lounge bar will remain open until its usual hours of operation during the weekend, until 2 a.m.