The National Association of Black Journalists has named five feature stories published last year in Riverfront Times as finalists for its 2013 "Salute to Excellence Awards."
The stories are:
- Code Dead, freelance writer Christopher Tritto's examination into the encrypted note left on a dead man' ... More >>
Red Bones Den, the erstwhile north-side institution known for the Chill Chamber that iced down beers to within a fraction of freezing, its lovely Bonette barmaids, cocktail waitresses and pole dancers, is erstwhile no more. The Fairground Park watering hole reopened on Saturday, August 18, after a n ... More >>
Suzy RustAfter more than twenty years of darkness, the Luna Cafe sign is lit!Luna Cafe (201 East Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City, Illinois; 618-931-3152) opened in 1926, which makes it the oldest structure on Historic Route 66 still operating under its original name. More important, it just won ... More >>
Suzy RustYou see a window like this at a diner, you know it's the real deal.Petri Cafe and Catering Service (1416 20th Street, Granite City, Illinois; 618-876-9443) is a family business that has operated in Granite City since 1946, when Lawrence Petri, who worked until his death at 90 in 2008 ... More >>
Suzy RustDon't believe everything you read: The G-B Grill only serves breakfast and lunch; it closes at 3 p.m.The G-B Grill (1858 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois; 618-465-9896) sports a big plate-glass window that looks out onto the brownfield that once was Alton's booming industrial corridor. ... More >>
Suzy RustThick brick walls insulate the Dee-Lux Dine from churning fumes of burning funk.Heading north on Illinois Route 111 into Roxana, the road tops a floodwall and from the crest of its rise loom the twisting stacks of the Conoco Phillips refinery, gray and smoking, like our emphysematous ... More >>