By JULIA LEATHERWOOD/For the County Star
SAVOY — The village board is scheduled next week to vote on a special-use permit for a "nanobrewery." Before the Wednesday meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — The TGI Friday's restaurant in Champaign is closing after 20 years in business, according to the parent company.
Calls placed Friday to the franchisee's regional manager, Greg Wallace, were not immediately returned.
URBANA — County board members approved the establishment of a Champaign County Local Foods Policy Council to encourage the establishment of small businesses including those producing fresh fruits and vegetables, and to urge large institutional entities to commit to the use of 10 percent locally produced foods.
SPRINGFIELD — Want to sample a vast array of foods from Illinois?
You'll get a chance this weekend at the Illinois Products Expo, scheduled Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Fifty-four Illinois food companies — including six from East Central Illinois — will give away samples of their products at the expo, now in its 14th year.
Tom Kacich's column Sunday in The News-Gazette is about a restaurant guide from the Urbana Free Library archives. Attached is a pdf file of the guide, and here are a couple photos we found of the places mentioned in it.
From the column:
"It's almost like an archeological find, a peek back at a different culture, a different landscape, a different people.
CHAMPAIGN — The popular Buca di Beppo chain plans to open a restaurant at Champaign's Market Place Mall in the late summer, mall owner General Growth Properties announced Tuesday.
The restaurant will occupy about 5,000 square feet near the food court in the former Pasta House space, said mall general manager Dennis Robertson.
URBANA — Fine-dining restaurants are finding it more difficult to succeed as competition increases, tastes change and clients cut back on spending, observers of the local restaurant scene say.
CHAMPAIGN — The space recently vacated by Jim Gould Restaurant could become the home of another restaurant, Big Grove Tavern, this spring, a spokeswoman for One Main Development said.
"I would describe it as extremely accessible, with a more palatable price point for more people," said Cynthia Faullin, One Main's vice president of development.
Updated 1:40 p.m. Monday
URBANA — Kennedy's Restaurant at Stone Creek Golf Course served its last meal on Sunday, owner Luke Kennedy said Monday.
CHAMPAIGN — City council members Tuesday night could enact changes to Champaign's outdoor cafe licensing program if they approve proposals brought to them by city officials.
The council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.