One of Logan County’s oldest establishments will soon be moving from its original location in Russellville, making way for the future while relying on its past appeal.
Tucked away in the back of the Bethel Shopping Center you won’t find much, as most businesses have already moved out. What you will find, however, is a hole in the wall restaurant that has supplied pizza to the community long before pizza became a staple as in today’s society.
Sylfoni’s Pizza first opened its doors on April 15, 1967, and became the hot spot of places to eat in Logan County 45 years ago. Kids found the one room restaurant a hang out after ballgames, while families found it a clean and fun place to spend an evening, while spending little money to feed their brood.
Sylfoni’s was first owned by Sylvester and Fannie Sisk, a couple who made the famous “Football Field” pizza a local part of Americana. Anyone who had the pleasure of eating one back in the day knows the experience is on the top ten things to do before you die list. Smothered in cheese, and anything else you can imagine, all floating in an unhealthy pile of oil that would cause your heart doctor to cringe, cannot be matched.
But as with anything, change comes knocking at the door eventually and although the menu still holds the infamous “Football” pizza, the place you will be able to get it will now be located somewhere else, as Sylfoni’s will be moving to Logan Square calling Goodies and Slappyz neighbors.
Current owner Karen Rainwaters bought Sylfoni’s 18 years ago. She said the good Lord lead her to the restaurant and it has been wonderful ever since. She said she has had the opportunity to meet so many people and has made so many friends through the restaurant that she knows she wouldn’t have if not for Sylfoni’s.
Rainwaters said if you would have told her a month ago that she would be moving, she wouldn’t have believed it, but now she knows it is time. The building, according to Rainwaters, is falling apart around her and the move is now a necessity.
“I’m sure there will be sadness with the move, but on the other hand I’m very excited about the change,” said Rainwaters, adding that just because she is moving the restaurant, doesn’t mean she won’t continue the same service and food that Sylfoni’s is known for. In fact, Rainwaters expects to add to the menu and offer a lot of different items along with the favorites from the past.
Right now, Rainwaters hopes to be moved by the end of December. She will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.