It was January 1981 when 21-year-old Ken Riley left his job in management with the Frisch’s Corporation and opened the restaurant that would become a cornerstone of the Greenhills community. Back then, the original Riley’s Restaurant was located in the Greenhills Shopping Center and was known for its chili and double deckers.
In 1984, Ken met and married Gloria Shea. Gloria’s organizational and management skills blended nicely with Ken’s passion for the restaurant business and customer relations. That year, the two doubled the size of Riley’s to 2000 square feet when they took over the dress shop next door.
In 1993, Riley’s Restaurant moved to a new location in the Greenhills Shopping Center and grew to 4000 square feet. The business expanded one last time in 1995 when the couple added a bakery and the Pioneer Room, a gathering place for large groups that celebrates Riley’s community roots and Greenhills history.
In 2007, Riley’s moved to its new location in Springdale. The restaurant, at 11568 Springfield Pike, is again a community cornerstone with its central position in the Springdale Town Center. The restaurant’s Springdale Room, decorated with historic photos of the community, can be used for private parties or large gatherings. Customers are like family at Riley’s Restaurant. And, as always, Riley’s is the place for great meals.