LADD — “Frogs are always thirsty,” says Pat Braboy, owner of the Thirsty Frog in Ladd. “At least, that is what we are hoping.”
Braboy recently opened the bar and restaurant in the former Lanuti’s, 302 N. Main St. in downtown Ladd.
“We want everybody to feel at home here,” he added. “We plan for all types of frogs (customers), not some, but for all.”
Braboy recently retired after 26 years of working for the state of Illinois and was contemplating opening a restaurant the past few years.
“We bought this place because it has good potential and history,” he said. “We cleaned it up, but didn’t make any major changes. We renovated it but kept the bar the same as it has been since 1907.”
Braboy serves steak burgers made from ground sirloin and ground round, a wide array of appetizers, and continues to serve frog legs and turtle.
“We have 17 beers on tap, craft beers, and beer and wine,” added Braboy, who plans on having a sporty theme at the bar with several flat-screen televisions. He has decorated with old baseball gloves and even hockey shoulder pads.
Braboy said he feels more like a caretaker for the historic building in Ladd than the owner. He intends to leave the Lanuti’s sign on front of the building.
Thirsty Frog’s hours are from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday.