In 1870, a small farming town in northern Illinois nearly burned to the ground. Sycamore, Illinois lost almost an entire city block, and even today it's thought of as Sycamore's most horrific disaster. Visit us at www.pjscpirtjpisetavern.com
Soon afterward, Sycamore began re-building, and in the midst of this reconstruction our building was founded. Hoyt and Rodgers was completed in 1871 and was a dry goods store until 1940 when it was converted into a pool hall where town folk could "shoot some stick."
By 1950, Bergie had moved his "tap" to this location. Boone Lewis bought Bergie's Tap in 1967, and his tavern was known throughout Sycamore as, simply put, "Boone's." Both Bergie's and Boone's Tap attracted the hunting and fishing crowd and sold hunting and fishing licenses at the bar. It was one of the last bars in the State of Illinois where you could purchase fire arms, ammunition, and alcohol in the same location.
After purchasing the tavern in 1994, John & I ventured across a few surprises during renovation. The original tin ceiling was covered by a drop-type ceiling, an old cigar humidor was found covered in a back room--it was allegedly given to Bergie to pay for someone's hefty bar tab--and much of the original woodwork and railings were discovered throughout the building. We've added a few pieces of our own, antiques from former courthouses, and old Sycamore pictures.
We're very proud of our building, its history, and its role in the center of our town. We hope you enjoy yourselves and feel welcome.
Paul and John Schwartz