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Flesor’s Candy Kitchen received $40,000 in grants from the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program

The facade of a store on the corner of a block. There is a brick wall along one side, and windows framed in green along the front. There is a blue door, and a lamppost in the foreground.

Flesor’s Candy Kitchen has a long history in Tuscola — one you can read a little about in Alyssa’s 2020 review of Sweet Greeks: First Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland, a book by co-owner Ann Flesor Beck. Now, they’ve been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express for their place in history, and have been awarded $40,000 in grants.

The Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program is in its third year of awarding grants to 25 historic restaurants throughout the country. Over the course of those three years, only two in Illinois have received the recognition, and Flesor’s is one of them.

Our review of the restaurant, candy store, and soda fountain is now several years old, might be time for another visit!

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