This may be really stretching it, but in 2001 a bar and grill in Decatur, IL, opened named Timbuktu that was reported in the Decatur Herald & Review to be offering fried bologna sandwiches ( http://www.herald-review.com/articles/2007/04/01/columnists/on_biz/doc460d11faef6bc492191781.txt
The Timbukto Bar & Grill opened recently at 5843 U.S. 36, near the Casey’s General Store, and gives patrons plenty to chew on with their refreshments. Menu options range from burgers, fries and chicken strips to more unusual fare such as fried bologna and fried egg sandwiches and hearty daily specials such as ham and beans and meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans.
"The atmosphere is also really, really cool inside," said manager Dane Conaway. "The theme is country, and it’s all wood and designed to look like a log cabin."
The building was custom-built for its purpose and is owned by Conaway’s parents, Frank and Charlene. "My dad’s been in construction for 35 years and owned his own business, but my parents always thought it would be awesome to own their own restaurant," Dane Conaway explained.
"My dad was like ‘Hey, I could build a pretty sweet place,’ and my mom wanted to do it and my sister was behind us, and we all just said ‘What the heck, let’s do it.’ "
Timbukto plans to have live entertainment on weekends and is open 11 to 2 a.m. daily, with food every day but Sunday. Call 864-2826.
But why "Timbukto?"
"My mom always liked that expression, ‘Where are you going?’ ‘Oh, I’m going to Timbuktu’, you know, just a kind of smart aleck thing," Conaway said. "She always thought it was just the greatest name and my dad said we’ll name the business that for you."