norb andys


Our Story

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Making dinner social again. 

Whether it's after dinner drinks, or a quick bite of lunch, you've now been a part of a Springfield institution. Known for their oysters, they specialize in the

surprise of a terrific dinner special that Chef Tommy has brought in, shopping for local ingredients. On weekends, you'll find some incredible live music in a very intimate setting. A great place to meet friends...................

for generations.  


Where everybody knows your name

General Manager Todd Gedaminski has been around the Springfield scene for years. Unlike another proprietor you may have heard of, Todd spent several seasons in the big leagues. He's got stories, loves to laugh and will always make you feel right at home. 

The Story of US


Norb Andy's has been a staple in downtown Springfield, IL since 1937

​​Norb Andy’s, one of the oldest establishments in Springfield, is named after
its longest single owner, Norbert Anderson. Norb owned and ran the restaurant and
bar from 1937 to 1980. Throughout its long history, Norb Andy’s has been a
Springfield institution known for affordable a delicious home-style food, cold drinks,
and great live music. The basement bar resides in the Hickox Building, constructed
as a home in 1837 by Virgil Hickox. Legends exist that although Mr. Hickox was a
friend of Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln may have, on occasion, paid a visit to
the Hickox home. In the late 1800’s, the Hickox home served as the first location
of the Sangamo Club, and later was the office of the coroner and a funeral home.
During prohibition in the 1920’s, the basement served as a speakeasy. A panic button
still exists in the back of the bar where imbibers could warn others of the police raids.
Once liquor was made legal, “Hoot” Francis aquired one of the first liquor licenses
in the city of Springfield. Welcome a downtown Springfield tradition