Proprietors: James ‘Henry’ Meador and Kathy Meador
Henry’s Double K is a newer business to the area and started as a bar. We’re open 6 days a week! Since then. we have opened our upper level. We have a large room upstairs that features an additional bar and restrooms. We have live entertainment, almost every weekend, performing up there. Our upper level is also available to rent for parties, receptions, or any other events. We have hosted a large variety of things to date. We have a nice outdoor patio area. Great for getting some fresh air on those nice and sunny days. We also do live music on the patio during warmer months. Our latest venture is adding a restaurant. Food will soon be available! Lots of great things to come!
Henry’s Double K opened May 23, 2013. It’s something Henry had been thinking about for many years. When the building we are located in became available, it was the extra push he needed to get the ball rolling. This is Henry’s first venture into the bar/restaurant business. He has been farming in the Mount Carroll area most of his life. He also works in feed sales.
One thing that makes us stand out is our actual building. It was originally built as the Karyn Kupcinet Playhouse in the 1960s. It was donated to the Shimer College campus by Irv Kupcinet, in memory of his daughter Karyn. The building is amazing. It is very unique looking. All the history behind it makes it all the more interesting. I think we are also appealing to the public because we are residents of Mount Carroll ourselves. They all know us. I think our community is great at supporting their local businesses. We are family run and it creates a nice atmosphere.
We attract a large variety of customers, of all ages, and that is great! We feature live music on a regular basis. So we draw a lot of music fans. We try to get something for everyone. We do nights of acoustic music for a more relaxing atmosphere, lots of live rock. and country shows. We also feature DJs and karaoke. On a basic week night, its a little quieter. Many locals stop by after work or to unwind. It’s just a nice small town bar where people know you. In regards to out of town customers, currently we are drawing in the music lovers on weekends.
The greatest challenge of operating this business is the hours! So much more goes into it than it appears. On top of the basic bar operations, we have been fine tuning the building along the way. Right now, we are a bar and we have our entertainment and events upstairs, but we are soon approaching adding the restaurant part of our business. We keep busy! The time all this requires, on top of other jobs and family, really is the hardest part. It’s totally worth it though!
Henry grew up around the Milledgeville area and has lived in Mount Carroll for many years. Carroll County is a beautiful area. It’s just home to us. Couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. You got to love the people. In large cities, you don’t get to meet such great people or get the support that we do from our friends and neighbors.
In closing, we’d like to say thanks to everyone for a great first year! If you have not been by yet, then make sure to check us out. Entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights! Our restaurant will be coming soon and we are very excited to make it available to you! Stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook for updates and entertainment schedules!