You may catch a glimpse of peacocks running across the front drive, or a gazebo that seems to be freely floating above a pond. The one thing you wouldn't notice, if not for the sign jutting above the farm's front hedges, is that this beautifully landscaped estate is actually home to one of the most delicious, and truly unique, dining destinations in Starved Rock Country: Hank's Farm Restaurant.
Founded in nearby Naplate in 1941, Hank's Farm has been a staple restaurant for locals and travelers alike, for the better part of a century. In 1975, the restaurant was purchased by the Allen family, who still own the legendary eatery to this day.
In the decade that followed, Hank's outgrew its original supper club location and the Allen family began a search for a new building. When this converted dairy barn in northeast Ottawa hit the market, they knew they'd found the perfect home for their famed home-style cooking.