There’s a new Sheriff in town, Wild West Town, that is!
Ron Onesti, the entrepreneur that took The Arcada Theatre to iconic status as one of the most popular music venues in the Midwest, is taking over the operations at Wild West Town in Union.
Since 1974, the Donley Family has been creating memories for thousand of families with a Western-style summertime amusement park experience including: gold panning, train rides, a Merry-Go-Round, slingshot range, history museum, pony rides and many other attractions.
At the end of last season, founders Larry and Helene Donley decided to retire, leaving the park in the hands of Mike and Randy Donley, their sons who have been with the operation since its inception. But, they too, were ready for a change after 45 years in the business.
“We are big fans of what Ron Onesti has done with his themed restaurants and music venues. This facility has been in our family for 45 years. We knew it would take a special person to take over Wild West Town. There is no one we’d rather see take over this project! Ron is bringing new life to this wonderful venue,” said Randy and Susan Donley.
Onesti produces over 300 shows annually at his Arcada Theatre. He owns and operates several restaurants and entertainment venues in the Chicago suburbs.
“I am truly honored to be a part of another historic property, and grateful to the Donley family. I plan on expanding the hours, adding several live music stages, increasing food and beverage options and giving the entire property a fresh look. I could not be more excited,” Ron Onesti said.
Onesti will also re-open the 200-seat restaurant. “I am expanding upon the Cowboys and Indians theme, and adding to it more of an Elvis-Johnny Cash-Patsy Cline experience,” Ron said. “The restaurant will be called ‘Be Bop A Lula’s Rockabilly Café’ and will feature Americana fare and live Rockabilly acts.”
Mike Donley, who has been the principal director of the park had this to say:
“We couldn’t be happier or more excited to be partnering with Ron and the Onesti organization. His team brings a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas. With their successful experience in the entertainment industry we see a very, very bright future for Wild West Town.”
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