It's nearly impossible to talk about The Eastwood without a little history lesson about the couple that started it all at Twin Creeks, a golf course south of Streator, Il. in 1976. Bob + Ruth Pflibsen, along with their 10 children did it all, course maintenance, cooking, cleaning, bookwork, and everything in-between.
When Bob + Ruth "retired", Greg (Jar) and his sister Nancy (Muff) along with Greg's wife Nancy (Nanner) took over running Twin Creeks with their families.
With Bob and Ruth by their sides, Greg, Nancy + Muff and their young families transformed the relatively flat 9 hole golf course into something beautiful, exciting and challenging. The addition of 3 beautiful bridges, 1 covered bridge, driving range, and water features are just the start of things our family has built and created with their own hands. As our families grew, so did our business. Twin Creeks not only became a place to golf, but our restaurant business grew and we were soon serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
As "The Pflibsen Grandkids" (Greg and Nancy + Muff's tribe of children) grew and found their passions in the business, our business changed yet again. The grandkids changed things up, from new menu items to new paint and even the beginning of our wedding venture. We were quickly outgrowing our space at Twin Creeks when the former Streator Country Club became available for purchase.
The Eastwood (the former Streator Country Club) was purchased January 3rd 2014 by Greg + Nancy Pflibsen, and Muff Travelstead. Our families knew that changing the former private golf club into a public course would help unite the city of Streator's golfers. We also knew that transforming the interior of the restaurant into an elegant yet casual dining atmosphere would let guests know how excited we were. And excited was a complete understatement.
The morning of January 4th at 7am, our family along with countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors began the demolition of the dining hall. Interior plans were created by Muff's son Luke and Greg + Nancy's daughter Tori. Tori was also working on designing a logo and brand concepts with input from the family. The construction know how was a team effort, with Greg leading the way and teaching us all how to function with little to no sleep. Every member of the family had a list of jobs to complete, and we did them as a team. The construction took roughly 2 months and then our restaurant opened.
before and after
We tore up the carpet throughout the building to reveal a concrete floor, sanded and polished it until it shined like marble. The building was covered in patterned wallpaper which we removed, then painted the walls in the dining room a charcoal gray. We opened the bar for an airy feel and revamped it entirely. We knew and appreciated the impact that the former Country Club played on our community, and wanted to continue representing Streator throughout the building. We purchased heart pine from the former historic Lipton Tea Building in Streator, stained it and proudly hung it on our walls for visual interest and to honor more Streator history. Our "hall of fame" as you enter the building honors important members of the community, members of The Streator Golf Association, and memories of The Country Club's history.
Our business here at The Eastwood is expanding once again, now to include the newest construction, a 600 person 4 seasons tent, available spring 2018. The tent will be located off the north side of the restaurant with a concrete slab foundation + radiant heated floors. We look forward to planning your larger upcoming events, and have already booked several before the project is even complete. We appreciate all our friends new and old that have supported us since the days of Bob and Ruth. We know they would sure love our new home here at The Eastwood and would be proud of the hard work everyone has put in. We can't wait to "see ya at The Eastwood"!