It was hard to believe you were in Skokie as it felt more like you were in a Wisconsin country inn or a Swiss Alps Chalet.
Adjacent to it was the "Keyhole Bar" with a sunken cocktail lounge with a raised wood-burning hearth. On Friday and Saturday nights, there was a piano player who would play your requests.
|Elliott's Pine Log Restaurant had the best-roasted duck, which I personally ordered every single time I ate there.|
As it turns out, the total loss was $250,000. Chris Elliott told the Skokie News, " I don't know who released the earlier estimates of damages, 'around $100,000,' but I know that whoever it was never had the pleasure of eating in my restaurant." Fireman Jerome Burke and Robert Kutz receive awards for saving two firemen at the Elliot’s Pine Log Restaurant fire in 1956.
To this day, I compare my fond memories of Elliott's roasted duck to every other roasted duck dish I have ordered since 1988. Still — None Better!
As the neighborhood changed in the 1980s, business dropped off and the Pine Log was closed. There was a public auction held of all the restaurant's equipment, fixtures, antiques, collectibles, seating, etc., in Chicago on June 25, 1988.
|Classified Ad, Chicago Tribune, June 19, 1988|
Written by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
NOTE: The myth of Elliott's Pine Log being a speakeasy, as stated numerous sites online is false. Prohibition began in 1920 and ended on December 5, 1933. Elliott's Pine Log Restaurant and Lounge opened 6 years after the end of prohibition. As rumor has it that the speakeasy was the "Morton House Restaurant" in Morton Grove, Illinois which was destroyed by fire on January 2, 1954.