Out with the Pews, In with the Brews

Downed too many St. George’s Green Chile Pepper vodkas at Obed and Isaac’s in Peoria, Illinois? No problem--you can pray for sobriety without leaving the premises, which started out as a Presbyterian church. The 1889 building, a city landmark that’s also on the National Register of Historic Places, was salvaged by the Conn’s Hospitality Group, a family business that specializes in renovating older buildings. The church, also known as the Cornerstone Building, reopened in 2016 as the restaurant part of Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery. The brewery was built next door on the old church parking lot. With a little TLC, the new owners of this former house of worship were able to preserve

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