Paparazzi turns 30

By WEEK Producer

July 7, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A Peoria heights hot spot celebrated 30 years of business on Sunday.

Paparazzi held an open house to commemorate three decades of business as a restaurant and community partner.

Owner Bruce Brown and his wife bought the building in 1983.

The name Paparazzi came from a combination of the building being an old photography shop and Brown's background as a Marine Corps photographer.

"We're having the greatest time," said Brown. "It's never been a better time to be a restaurant in Peoria heights. It's a happening community. We're excited. When I say it's been, it still is. We have no plans, we're not going anywhere anytime soon. We're looking forward to starting next week bigger and better than ever."

Along with the milestone celebration, the event at Paparazzi also served as a fundraiser for the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.