|Location||413 Old Route 66, Litchfield, Illinois|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Henry A. Vasel (builder)|
|Architectural style||No particular style; allusions to Art Deco|
|MPS||Route 66 through Illinois MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||06000380|
|Added to NRHP||May 5, 2006|
The Ariston Café in Litchfield was built in 1935 for original owners Pete Adam and Tom Cokinos, two experienced restaurateurs. Pete Adam had operated an Ariston Café in Carlinville since 1924; after 1930 a highway realignment moved U.S. Route 66 in Illinois further east. Work began on April 4, 1935 by hired contractor Henry A. Vasel and the building was completed on July 5, 1935.
The design of the Ariston Café does not reflect any particular architectural style. Instead, it was built in a utilitarian style, common for small commercial buildings of its time. Despite being non-stylistic, the building does contain echoes of the popular Art Deco style of the time period in its interior booths. On its exterior the Ariston's most distinguishing features are the curved parapet wall on the front façade and its fine and varied brick work. Originally, the Ariston, like many Route 66 businesses, had two fuel pumps fronting it.
The Ariston Cafe is the longest-operating restaurant along the entire stretch of U.S. Route 66. It is representative of the types of businesses that once met with great success along historic Route 66. Despite a few alterations, including the addition of a banquet room, the building still maintains a historic character from the era of its construction. The Ariston Cafe was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on May 5, 2006.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois". US National Park Service.
- Thomason, Philip; Douglass, Teresa (November 8, 2005). "Ariston Café, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- Hoekstra, David (13 July 2006). "Dining With the Locals on Illinois 66". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008., via Route 66 University