KOKOMO, Ind. — A central Indiana restaurant that specializes in tenderloins and is believed to be Kokomo’s longest continuously operated restaurant is now a historic landmark.

A plaque unveiled Thursday at Artie’s Tenderloin by members of the Kokomo Historic Review Board recognizes the historic status the eatery achieved in June.

The building was built in 1910, but Artie’s Tenderloin opened its doors in 1938 after Artie Gillespie turned the space into his tenderloin restaurant.

The Kokomo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2c05pGe ) that Artie’s current owners, Robin and Danny Kelley, hope the historic status will attract new customers to the eatery in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.

The couple has owned the restaurant for about 20 years and have a solid base of regulars that Robin Kelley says “are more like family.”

Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com

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