It's your business: Monticello getting taste of new dining spots
Montgomery's on the Square, a restaurant in downtown Monticello, will be under new ownership as of Monday.
A new menu is on the way and should be in place around Thanksgiving, said Rhonda Killiam, who is buying the restaurant at 108 Charter St. with her husband, Tony Sinkowsky.
One of the current owners, Brad Mitchell, will remain on as manager for a few months, Killiam said.
Killiam and her husband are relocating from the San Francisco Bay area to be closer to Sinkowsky's native Argenta. He is a partner in the landscape architecture design firm Peter Walker Partners, and Killiam is a graduate of California Culinary Academy and has been an executive chef and food service director for various establishments in San Francisco.
Killiam said she and her husband plan to do some redecorating in the restaurant next year and plan to keep it an upscale destination. The new menu will focus on local farmers and vendors and will change seasonally, she said.
Also in Monticello
Right next door to Montgomery's, a brand-new breakfast and lunch spot called The Bistro opened this past week at 106 S. Charter St.
Michelle Miller, one of the owners along with her husband, Eric, and partner Julie Adcock, said The Bistro is serving gourmet breakfast sandwiches and wraps and standard breakfast fare. Lunch features two daily soups, gourmet sandwiches and Illinois wines. Gift baskets are also sold, Michelle Miller said.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
For the holiday season, The Bistro will open on some evenings for appetizers and desserts. Call ahead (762-3663) for the dates.
Starbucks making it two
Another Starbucks Coffee shop is set to open in Champaign by the end of the year – this one at Market Place Mall.
Starbucks opened its first shop in the local community this past summer in Campustown.
The mall's management office said Starbucks is taking a space near the center court, where Vanity, a clothing shop, has been located. Vanity will open in a different mall space before the end of the year.
Wind, Water & Light, a gallery in Mahomet, is moving to Champaign.
The gallery will be at 10 E. Main St., C, and will have a grand opening at its new location Nov. 18-20, said owner Mary Tangora.
The gallery features the works of about 100 artisans, most of whom are local. Some of the artwork includes jewelry, paintings, pottery and items of fiber and glass.
Tangora said she is moving the gallery because she likes the activity in downtown Champaign.
The open house will feature live music all weekend, plus a coffee-tasting Saturday and a book-signing Sunday by Billy Morrow Jackson and Siti Mariah Jackson.
New in Homer
A new store, Sweet Tooth Supply Inc., has opened at 108 S. Main St., Homer.
It carries chocolates, candy molds, cake pans, decorator supplies, some coffees and candles, teapots, cups, wedding cake toppers and other supplies for cake and candy makers, said owner Barb Rumer.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The store is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 896-2781.
New tutoring service available
John Rothstein of Champaign has started John's Tutor Services.
A University of Illinois graduate in math who has done tutoring for Champaign schools, Rothstein said he is offering one-on-one or one-on-two tutoring on most subjects, standardized test preparation and small seminars.
For more information, call his cellphone at 847-345-2591 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you opening a new business or changing something at your existing business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229, or 800-252-3346; by e-mail at email@example.com; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.