Jr's Kitchen

Elbert Nickerson, Jr., Owner

1103 W Main St.             123 MacArthur Highway
Peoria, IL 61606              Peoria, IL 61606

Elbert Nickerson, Jr. has been cooking for over 15 years.  He owns two locations for Jr’s Kitchen – one located close to Campustown by Bradley University and the other across from MLK Park on Peoria’s South Side.

Taco wings and suicide pizza wings are some of his most popular menu offerings.  Inspired and supported by his mother, he says he would have started younger if he knew then what he knows now.  

“And keep your secret to yourself,” Nickerson said solemnly.

Along with his brother, Marlon Herron, he is running both locations and following his dream.  What he enjoys most about business is making a lot of people happy.

Customers should know they are Jr’s biggest priority. He also gives back to Peoria’s Black community by giving reasonably priced specials.

“I try my best to make everyone happy,” said Nickerson. 

Amidst COVID, his sales have spiked upwards.  He still relies on word-of-mouth and face-to-face interactions to connect with potential customers. Honestly, Jr’s excellent food speaks for itself and keeps them coming back.

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