The Legend begins with beer-Busch beer to be exact. But this was just the beginning. In 1921 Anheuser Busch decided to open a drinking establishment in the picturesque river town of Alton IL. A yellow brick building known as Bon Air was constructed on the corner of three streets, 4th, Pearl, and Broadway. Approximately ten years later, Busch had to sell the tavern due to a change in the statutes, which prohibited breweries from owning drinking establishments.
Sam Balaco and later his son Lotteo, owned and operated the Bon Air for 50 years. Then, in 1981 in a move that would change history forever, Eddie Sholar Sr. “Fast Eddie” purchased Bon Air. Things began to change- FAST!