Anna's Pizza in Winnebago closing its doors

WINNEBAGO, Ill. (WIFR) - A stateline restaurant that's been in business for 24 years has just announced it's closing it's doors.

After almost 24 years, Anna's Pizza, Winnebago, Illinois plans on closing its doors.

The Anna's Pizza locations in Rockford (3505 N Main St) and Loves Park (2113 Harlem Rd) are not affiliated with the Winnebago restaurant and will remain open.

Below is a letter from the owner of Anna's Pizza in Winnebago, Brian Weavel:

"It has been a VERY difficult decision but Owner Brian Weavel and his wife, Stacy, have decided to sell the building and close Anna's Pizza & Pasta. With so many changes in business, Brian has been considering this for a some time. "Having a family that is very active and working 80 hours a week, 7 days a week just does not allow for as much family time as I would like. I have missed a lot and now I want family to be my focus!"

We are VERY proud of what Anna's has done in our community. Since 1995 we have been a STAUNCH advocate for Winnebago and it's Small Businesses. We have accomplished so much with this little corner #pizza place. We have employed over 150 of our local youth along the way. Over the years, with your support, Anna's fundraising efforts have produced over $250,000 for schools, reading programs, athletics, the sick, the needy, church groups, sponsoring, etc.. I hope you will agree that Anna's has made a positive impact. Although roles will change, Brian Weavel will still be very active in Community.

We plan on being open for another month or two, so please take advantage of this time to utilize any Gift Certificates you may have. We will keep you posted on a firm last day. All scheduled Catering events will take place as planned. We want this last month to be a memorable one, so please stop by and share some Anna's memories. "It has been an honor to be a part of your Birthday Parties, Weddings and Family Night. I will truly miss serving pizza to my community!"