Kemp 208

Kemp 208 is a relaxed dining experience with a modern perspective and an intricate focus on detail.

While the quality of our food and drink is elevated, the vibe at Kemp 208 will always be casual, comfortable, and relaxed.

We are a family-run restaurant. Welcome to our home.



Food is art

Chef Jeff Madden's menu highlights the inherent essence of every ingredient, with the utmost respect for your palate and in preparations that unveil the most complex and beautiful flavor combinations.

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Food is science

At Kemp 208 we believe the best culinary ingredients are grown with conscious care. We make it a priority to bring the freshest, highest quality ingredients to the dishes we serve.

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Food loves wine

With extensive experience curating wine and immersing ourselves in wine country, we have a wine list that is ever-changing but of which we will always be proud and tantalized.

We are also excited to announce that we now have a Coravin wine system, which allows us to pour glasses of our Reserve wines...wines that were previously only served by the bottle.

Not into wine? No worries...our beer and spirit selections are pretty amazing too. Click below for a sample of our beverage offerings.



Lunch | Tuesday – Friday | 11-2
Dinner | Tuesday – Saturday | 5-9

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Food is love


Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

James Beard

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Kemp 208 Main Street Grille

For the love of amazing food

[ and wine ]



Our beautiful building turns 100 in 2018 and still features original woodwork. Its walls are the perfect setting for a warm and inviting dining experience with a rustic New American menu

All menu items are created with the freshest ingredients possible, with food and drink menus that change often. Kemp features a beautifully curated wine list, delicious craft and domestic beers and carefully selected spirits. Private rooms are available for special events and private dining.


Lunch | Tuesday – Friday | 11-2
Dinner | Tuesday – Saturday | 5-9

Call us at 309.263.4446 for reservations.


Our Team

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Chef Jeffrey Madden

Kemp 208 is proud to have Executive Chef Jeff Madden head up our culinary team. Jeff is a 2011 graduate of the Cullinary institute of America. After graduating Jeff was the Sous Chef at Midland Country Club in Midland Texas, then the Sous Chef at Country Club of Peoria. Jeff is a member of the American Chef Association and has earned 3 bronze medals in competitions. Jeff loves working with the freshest ingredients available. His talent at pairing foods is amazing and results in some wonderful dishes.


Cathy Kemp

It has always been a dream of mine and my husband, Geoff, to own our own place. This home was the perfect setting for a warm and inviting restaurant. My background includes many years in food and beverage, with the most recent in management at Pekin Country Club. 

I am so blessed to have a wonderful staff here at Kemp 208, from Executive Chef Jeff Madden and his kitchen staff to the very talented front of house staff.  We live in Tremont and have 3 children and 11 grandchildren, all of whom really, really love food.


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