Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spotted Cow- Monday, February 2

OLLI members were "spotted" enjoying ice cream on a cold winter day.

The Spotted Cow has become a favorite locally owned restaurant and ice cream shop in Peoria. Today OLLI members not only enjoyed lunch and ice cream at the Spotted cow, but we learned the inspiring story of how Frank Abdnour built a small business on the foundation of core family values.

It is hard to believe that in the 80's Frank Abdnour, owner of Spotted Cow, was selling ice cream cones from a food cart on Bradley Universities campus. However, with determination and creativity, Frank grew his business into a restaurant on Prospect Road in Peoria Heights that pleased customers for 19 years. Then in 2006, Frank opened the Spotted Cow restaurant as we know it today.

Located on the corner of Glen street and Sheridan Road in Peoria, Frank opened his doors for a private tour of his restaurant and spoke candidly about the difficulties of running a small business in today's economy. However, despite the various obstacles Frank has had to face, he maintains to be fully staffed and the quality of food and service has not been compromised. It is evident that Frank takes pride in his employees and the overall customer service of the business.

If you have been to Spotted Cow, you probably have seen Frank working behind the counter. You may have even seen one of his children helping Dad and his staff bring food to customers. Frank's wife is also involved with the business on the financial side. Family values mean a lot to Frank, and it is typical to see many families and community members dining with pride at the Spotted Cow. Community pride of The Spotted Cow will be taken to a new level, as the store will be featured in an upcoming Independent film. Frank seems thrilled to know that his business that started as a food cart, will now hit the big screen.

Thank you Frank for welcoming us to the Spotted Cow. The food was delicious!

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