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Sushi Or Burger opens, Biederstedt sells, 'Incubator' incubates

A large old house in a prime business location, Seventh and Peoria streets in Peru, has sold, says longtime owner Doug Biederstedt.
A large old house in a prime business location, Seventh and Peoria streets in Peru, has sold, says longtime owner Doug Biederstedt.

After Doug Biederstedt bought the massive brick house on the corner lot at busy Seventh and Peoria streets in 1973 from Bart Manning, he did not muddle with the appearance of it while using it as his Peru real estate and appraisal office.

After many months on the market, Biederstedt put up a “Sold” sign at the house and on large lawn during the past week.

Tuesday he was moving some items out, and was not revealing the name of the buyer.

However, he confirmed that it’s his understanding that the multi-gabled, 2½-story, 130-year-old brick building will remain a house. He said he believes the buyer likes the structure and the location for use for a business. Businesses have been popping up, somewhat frequently, some in new buildings, on Peoria Street north of downtown Peru, in recent years.

Sushi Or Burger opens Wednesday

Sushi Or Burger “SOB” restaurant announced its grand opening 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 612 Fourth St., Peru.

“SOB is a new and upcoming Illinois Valley restaurant specializing in delectable sushi and monster gourmet burgers. We also serve stunning appetizers, bubbly ramen, and sweet desserts in addition to our full-service bar,” the restaurant’s Facebook page says.

The restaurant occupies the former Amici’s Ristorante.

New business opens in Streator Incubator

Streator resident Angel Camacho has opened Kmacho Paintless Dent Repair at the Streator Incubator after working a few months without a storefront.

Camacho moved to Streator in November 2018 after finding a home here.

“I grew up in Chicago near Humboldt Park before joining the military,” Camacho said. “I knew I liked this place immediately. Streator’s quiet; no crazy gangs. I’m too used to the quiet life now.”

Camacho is offering bumper repair, headlight restoration, windshield repair and paintless dent repair. He can also reweld and match factory colors for paint corrections.

“The community here has been supportive, people really support local businesses down here and it helps a lot,” Camacho said. “I’m hoping to get the word out more so things pick up.”

Camacho moved to the Streator Incubator after reaching out to the Small Business Development Center at Starved Rock Country Alliance.

The Times and NewsTribune are committed to keeping readers up to date with business happenings in the area. This can include the opening of new businesses and businesses that are closing. Much of our reporting relies on what we see and hear, but we’re also reaching out to readers for tips on business items. If you have a tip to share, email Brent Bader at or call 815-431-4045, or Ali Braboy at or call 815-223-6931.

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