New fondue restaurant opens in Peoria

By Beau Ebenezer

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- When dining out with family, you usually order your own dish, and everyone goes to town on their own meal.

However, when you take a seat in the newly opened Mango Fondue and Lounge in Peoria, dining with friends and family is much more literal.

"Every single time I would go to a restaurant, especially with family and friends, I would have my own plate. We would still eat off of each other's plates anyway," said co-owner, Don Mach.

Mach and his girlfriend/co-owner, Beatrice Chang are hoping to bring a different style to Peoria eating.

There will be no more separate dishes, but there will be one steaming fondue bowl for the whole table.

The couple has been working on their restaurant ever since Sam's Roadhouse closed down in the same location.

With their soft opening Wednesday night, they hope the local community will love sharing as much as they do.

"Really what is important is to provide a good atmosphere for our customers," said Chang. "We want them to communicate with each other and spend time with each other. The idea that we had behind the restaurant was for a communal style of eating, and that's what you have with the shareable bites."

With the Mango menu, you can order a variety of fondue dips including cheese, broth, and chocolate, all ranging from $15 to $30.

These can come with bread, cook-yourself meat, or fruit.

"It's a nice change," said first-time diner, Maria Heathcoat. "The atmosphere is casual, but you are getting good food. I'm all about it."

"It's a lot of fun to bring the families together and get a chance to share different items on the menu," said diner, Frank Motherway. "It's a great experience."

While mangoes are not their specialty, Mach says their restaurant's name is all part of the sharing culture.

"A mango is the most widely used and eaten culturally, and it's also known as the king of fruits. We decided to use Mango as a symbol of cultures of the world."

Mango Fondue & Lounge
1818 W. War Memorial Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 966-1415