Carmon's to close Aug. 26

CHAMPAIGN — Carmon's Bistro will close Aug. 26, with owner Thad Morrow saying he wants more time to spend with his young son.

Morrow said he'll continue to operate Bacaro, his other restaurant in downtown Champaign.

Plus, he said, he'll work with Jeff Mellander, owner of the building that houses Carmon's Bistro, to try to sell the business.

Carmon's Bistro, which opened in the fall of 2011, was the latest incarnation in a succession of restaurants at 415 N. Neil St., C, to use the Carmon's name.

From 1947 to 2007, Carmon's was operated first by Carl Monen and in later years by Paul Damski, who served breakfast and lunch.

From 2007 to 2011, the restaurant had new owners that operated it as Carmon's Creperie.

After a brief closure, the restaurant reopened that fall as Carmon's Bistro, serving items such as smoked pork liver mousse, cornmeal crusted catfish and smoked chicken terrine.

Entrees posted on the restaurant's website ranged from $15 to $23.

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