In 2006, Mark decided to leave the corporate restaurant world and purchase his own place. After looking in several different states, he found 1402 Peoria Street in Peru. The building has had many past restaurant lives most recently a long run as the ‘Stage Door’. After months spent cleaning, painting and bringing the inside up to date, Mark and Ann opened the doors as MarkAllen‘s American Kitchen on September 1, 2006.
Mark and Ann live on a farm with their English Golden Retriever, Alice. They have two grown sons, Jason and Judd.