Skip to Content
200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428
/ Blog / Post
1 min read

Cotton’s Village Inn 401 N. Main St., Bloomington

Melton “Cotton” McNabney and his wife Millie took over management of this downtown eatery in 1948. Located in the basement of the three-story building on the northeast corner of Main and Monroe streets, some old-timers might remember Millie McNabney’s ham loaf, creamed chicken pie, Swiss steak and pan gravy, and other delectable specials. With the exception of a few years in the early 1960s, the McNabneys ran this downtown landmark until 1971. It closed under different management a few years later.

Who recalls eating at Cotton’s Village Inn?

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Comments

Stephanie (Probus) Boyd6/30/20 2:40pm

My mother, Judith (Judy Evans) Probus, was a waitress at Village Inn. She often told stories from those days. Mom remembered how many times, the staff would be allowed to take home food left at the end of a night. She also recalled how delicious the food was!

Kathleen Neree Listman2/26/21 7:42pm

I found this site looking for a picture of Cotton’s Village Inn. I lived in Normal in the late sixties/early seventies. I recall always asking to eat there when we went shopping in Bloomington, going into the basement of the building and seeing the rustic murals on the walls. I can’t tell you what dish was my favorite, too distracted by charming environment.

Leave a comment