Galva to soon see Mexican food, banquet hall

Carol Townsend
Co-owners Javier Carrara (left) and Ismael Carrara (right) pause with worker Jose Mendoza (center) while remodeling the former Galva Opera House, where they plan to open an American/Mexican restaurant in March or April.

A Chicago area family has purchased the former Galva Opera House and plans to open an American/Mexican restaurant and banquet hall in it.

Saws have been running and lights are on late at night with remodeling in full swing at the Front Street building. Bonafisio Carrara and his four sons, Rutilo, Pablo, Ismael and Javier, purchased the building in late December from the State Bank of Toulon. They took possession Dec. 23 and began work immediately.

The men are working long hours, creating the eatery in the ground-floor space occupied several years ago by Duane Stomberg, who operated a State Farm Insurance agency in it.

Tentative opening date is March or April.

The restaurant’s name will be RC’s Grill #3. The Carraras also operate restaurants in the Chicago area, at Villa Park and Melrose Park.

The Carraras are also renovating the theater area on the top floor of the opera house, turning it into the banquet hall.