Stella’s Anna Matson relies on family cookbook in Lyons

Stella's co-owner Anna Matson stand behind the counter of the establishment named for her mother. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
Stella's co-owner Anna Matson stand behind the counter of the establishment named for her mother. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

Stella’s Restaurant and Batting Cages has been a downtown Lyons institution for 28 years, but long before the restaurant, co-owner Carey Matson was satisfied with running just the cages to provide baseball and softball players with a place to hit.

Matson was inspired by his son Al, who was diagnosed with cancer while seeing a doctor about his tonsils as a child. Al Matson, now 40, survived and wanted to play baseball, eventually joining Lyons McCook Little League.

Today, baseball and softball players from across the Chicago area stream to Stella’s, which houses nine working cages for all levels, from college to youth leagues.

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