VILLA GROVE — Mark Shanks remembers the day his father, Sid, and mother, Marty, took their five children to look at a building in Villa Grove.
“He had the key to the door of the old pool hall,” Mark said. “I didn’t know what he was showing us. He opened it up. It was a rough-looking building, and he said, ‘This is where we’re going to open our pizza place.’
“I think I looked at mom and said, ‘Mom, Dad’s gone crazy.’”
But Sid wasn’t crazy. The Shankses successfully operated that pizza business and went on to open others in area communities that now operate as Monical’s Pizza restaurants. A half-century later, the business brings in about $7 million a year.
The Shanks family will celebrate two anniversaries next weekend — the…