New restaurant may take former Gould space by spring

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.

Kennedy's restaurant closes

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 council may raise cafe fees

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.

2011 Ladies Night Out

Visitors enjoy informative tables, entertainment and refreshments at Ladies Night Out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

Rose and Taylor holds celebration

CHAMPAIGN — A little to the east of the big food festival, there's free barbecue, music and card games Saturday.

The Rose and Taylor Barber and Beauty Shop Father's Day/Community Appreciation Celebration offers free barbecue, music, raffles spades, bid whist and dominoes at 124 N. First St., C.

Zorba's makes comeback at Taste

CHAMPAIGN — If you've had a hankering for a gyro from Zorba's, this is your weekend.

Zorba's owner Matt Mortenson and his crew are back cooking the Greek specialty sandwiches along with pita and hummus and baklava at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park through Sunday.

Common Ground board OKs expansion project

URBANA -- Construction is expected to begin in October on the expansion of Common Ground Food Co-Op at Lincoln Square Village.

The cooperative's board of directors voted this week to go forward with a $1.6 million expansion that will nearly triple the store's retail space.

Welcome to Champaign!

I thank the gentleman from the other side of the Birkenstock Curtain for his report.

But I respectfully suggest that if his desire is truly to illuminate the high points of the temporary home of our neighbors to the east, he has left out a few items.

Residents weigh in on downtown Urbana desires

URBANA – "We need more bars and more music first. Then the restaurants will come."

"We do not need more restaurants in downtown Urbana."

Danville business offers commercial kitchen/restaurant rental

DANVILLE – Two Danville women have been planning how to bring new food-based businesses to Danville.

Carol Nichols and Jean Beck have started The Cooks' Workshop, which will offer commercial kitchen and restaurant space rental.