Local Business Feature: Kenny’s Westside Pub moves downtown

Kenny’s Westside Pub may have left its former home on Farmington Road, but the pub’s food, live music and Irish flair have moved with it to its new location at 112 Jefferson Avenue in downtown Peoria.

Featuring a spacious area for live music shows as well as separate dining and bar spaces, the new location builds upon the culture Kenny’s has created in the Peoria area since being established in 1993.

Peter Shadid, a Kenny’s staff member, said the move to the new location has been an exciting experience.

“We like it a lot,” Shadid said. “We’re having a lot of fun with it.”

While Kenny’s culture has remained the same, the type of business the pub receives has changed.

Jen Volk, another staff member, said the location’s change has brought in a larger lunch crowd than they had been used to at their old location.

“It was tough at first getting used to the bigger lunch crowd,” Volk said. “It’s been nothing but great since [getting used to the change in the crowd].”

Kenny’s is open daily from 11a.m. to 4a.m.