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Prepare for Ignition - It's Grand Opening Weekend for The Launching Pad (May 3-5, 2019)

It's been just over a year and a half since Tully Garrett and Holly Barker purchased The Launching Pad in Wilmington, IL.  The former restaurant had been shuttered, meanwhile seeing countless people drive by to take a picture with the 30-foot tall Gemini Giant.  Now, after hard work, sweat equity, financial equity, and a marraige proposal (she said yes!), The Launching Pad is ready to reopen.

The restaurant's Facebook page has been showing some amazing photos of the restaurant as it prepares for this weekend's Grand Opening.

Here's what we know for this weekend's upcoming Grand Opening.  While you're there, make sure to visit the Americana Museum in the back AND OF COURSE get your photo with the World Famous Gemini Giant!

Friday, May 3
Official Grand Opening Of The Iconic Launching Pad
The First Cruise Night taking place on Friday with The Rusty Nutz Car Club

Saturday, May 4
Stop in during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival

Sunday, May 5
More fun continues with giveaways and great food.


For more information, please make sure to visit https://geminigiant.com or https://www.facebook.com/thelaunchingpadroute66.  You can also keep track on the Grand Opening by visiting their Facebook Event Page.