Initial Visit: September 22nd, 2015
Description: 3 points for delicious pizza. Out of bounds for late night zaniness.
Hoops. Hoops is quite the odd place. It’s on Main Street in Peoria, so it’s easily accessible. They are open until 5:30am. They serve many types of liquor, beer and varieties of pizza. They have available space upstairs. The pizza itself is super delicious. Lots of positives and now, the negatives.
Do not come here after the sun goes down. Stuff gets weird. I’ve been here many times since turning 21 (back in 2008). There are cops always parked next to the building since there is always something going wrong in the general area at night. The clientele goes from business/normal people during the day to the odd ones at night.
This one time, a bunch of my friends and I were there and this lady stops by our table and is convinced my friend is her nephew. So she offers to buy us food and drinks and just continues to increase her creep level. Getting really close and touchy-feely. Creeped us all out to no end. We booked it to Richard’s as soon as she went to the bathroom. She makes an appearance in the slideshow below, if you are curious about her.
I just don’t know what it is about that location that does a 180 after the sun goes down. It’s a great ‘by the slice’ pizza place though. So if you go, make sure it’s for lunch or an early dinner. Unless you want a free show of something always getting weird.
516 Main St
Peoria, IL 61602