The front of a downtown Nokomis building collapsed into the street just after midnight on Wednesday morning, April 14, closing a popular diner and the highway through town.
The front of Demi’s Diner, an iconic Nokomis eatery, came down at about 12:14 a.m. Wednesday morning, covering the sidewalk and eastbound lane of Route 16 in building debris. Residents who live in the apartment above the dinner were in the building during the collapse, but “there were no injuries to the occupants of the apartment located above the diner,” according to Nokomis Fire Chief Michael Smalley.
Demi’s Diner has been a Nokomis landmark for several years and will be closed for the foreseeable future. The building where the restaurant is located is an early 1900s construction masonry type building that has been a restaurant for many years, dating back to the 1960s when it was the “Candy Kitchen.”
Illinois Department of Transportation has closed Illinois Route 16 from State Street to Cedar Street. Traffic will be re-routed to Central Street until the building integrity can be evaluated.