Stephenson County’s Legendary ‘Old-Time Drive In’ Opens For The Season

Lena, Illinois — Long before the drive-thru was even thought of, drive-in diners in America were a popular hang out place and in full swing. The drive-in (like Lena, Illinois’ Lena Drive Inn) was a type of restaurant where customers ate their meals on the premises without leaving their cars.

Customers would pull into the parking lot and be immediately greeted by carhops, combination waiter-busboys who served burgers, fries and shakes on trays that clipped on to the car’s window.

Photo: Lena Drive Inn
Photo: Lena Drive Inn

Since those early years of car hops, hang out places and community gatherings, most of America’s Drive-In’s are now a thing of the past. That is of course with the exception of Stephenson County’s legendary drive-in, the Lena Drive Inn.

As one of the last few old time drive-in’s left, Lena Drive Inn located in Lena, Illinois carries on the tradition still to this day.

In a recent announcement, Lena Drive Inn will be opening for the 2017 season. They offer ice-cream including malts, shakes, flurry’s, banana splits, and cones.

Some of the food they offer are pizza burgers, pork tenderloins, 3 piece chicken dinners as well as shrimp dinners, grilled or friend chicken sandwiches, Reuben and Philly sandwiches. They also have the classics like bacon cheeseburgers and hamburgers.

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Lena Drive Inn says they are shooting to open by Friday, April 21, 2017.

So if you’ve never experienced a drive-in family experience such as what the Lena Drive Inn offers, take a drive to Lena, Illinois and checkout Stephenson County’s legendary old time drive in. And if you have an old time car or even a convertible, gas it up, pack in the kids and make it an adventure.

The Lena Drive Inn is located at 304 N Freedom St. in Lena, Illinois. Their telephone number is (815) 369-4317

Photo: Lena Drive Inn
Photo: Lena Drive Inn

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