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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.


Restaurant slates opening for Friday

CHAMPAIGN — Ichiban Buffet, a restaurant serving a variety of cuisines, has slated its grand opening for Friday at the Schnucks plaza in Champaign.

The restaurant plans to include more than 120 items on its buffet, including Chinese, American and Japanese food, according to Johnny Wang, brother of restaurant manager Cindy Wang.


Groups say Asian carp could help solve hunger in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Asian carp might get a bad rap as an invasive species of fish in Illinois.

But several Illinois organizations want to get the word out that silver Asian carp — sometimes called silverfin — works well for dinner.


Food-truck program gets 9 more months

CHAMPAIGN — Mobile food trucks could be a common sight in the downtown and Campustown areas at least until next summer.


Champaign council to consider accommodations for food trucks

CHAMPAIGN — The city council could decide this week if it wants to give more public access to food trucks looking to sell treats on the streets.

Officials launched a pilot program this summer that allows registered trucks to operate on public property for longer periods of time than city laws would normally allow.


Taste: A tested, tried, true festival

CHAMPAIGN — Boat Drunks, BritBeat and Brat Pack are among the bands that will perform at the 42nd annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana this weekend at West Side Park.

One of the area's most popular festivals, the Taste opened Friday and will resume from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Food trucks get green light in 'pilot' Champaign plan

CHAMPAIGN — City officials will allow food trucks to operate in select areas in downtown Champaign and Campustown this summer as they figure out how to accommodate the mobile restaurants in the future.


Group donates $30,000 for teaching kitchen

URBANA — Flatlander Food Foundry is donating nearly $30,000 to help cover the costs of equipping Common Ground Food Co-Op's teaching kitchen, the group announced last week.

The Flatlander Fund was organized in July 2010, shortly after the death of chocolate entrepreneur Daniel H. Schreiber, to help carry out his visions.


City to take another look at food trucks

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign plans to revisit the issue of how it lets food-truck vendors operate.

Currently, certain food-truck vendors are registered as peddlers and aren't allowed to stay in one location very long, unless they're on private property.


Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.