Lena Otto of Arthur works for a welding business, but always longed to open an ice cream shop, she said.
Last month, she finally did. It's called RoseLen's Coffees and Delights, and you'll find it at 1045 E. Columbia (Illinois 133) in Arthur, in front of the Dollar General store.
Otto opened the shop in partnership with Rose (her sister) and Dennis Plank, and also works for Plank's other business, Tri-County Welding.
RoseLen's has a full ice cream menu and also serves coffee and espresso drinks, chai teas, sandwiches on homemade bread, wraps and breakfasts.
The sandwiches include ham/cheese/tomato, turkey/mozzarella melt, roast beef, farmers cheese with homemade bologna, bacon/ham/Swiss and bacon/lettuce/tomato. They're served with a choice of side dishes.
The restaurant can seat 25 and is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
More new restaurants to try
Boston's, a pizza, pasta and ribs chain, has opened at 2501 N. Prospect Ave., C, in front of Meijer.
It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, says service manager Jessica Schaub.
Boston's serves 25 kinds of gourmet pizza.
Harold's Chicken Shack will open its Champaign location April 12 at 502 E. John St.
It will be the second Harold's franchise for Chicago-based partners Fred Ragsdale and Zach Cravens. Their first was in Bloomington, and they're also opening a third location in Normal this month, Cravens said.
The main item on the menu is fried chicken, but the restaurant also serves fried fish, side dishes and salads.
Coast to Coast has no walls or tables, but you can still stop by for food or contract it for private events. This new hot dog cart operated by Jason Bell and Gregory Bougher is now on permanent location in the Community United Church of Christ parking lot at Sixth and Daniel streets, said Bell, a former assistant manager for Walgreens.
Available at the cart: Chicago dogs, coney dogs, meatless dogs, Polish sausage, chips and beverages. Cart hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and also 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Look your best for prom
Locke Floral Studio, Champaign, a new venture by freelance florist Trisha Locke, is offering pre-prom workshops for students of six area high schools.
Locke will demonstrate new fashions in prom flowers, such as live floral jewelry, wrist corsages, ankle pieces, hairpieces and boutonnieres. She will help the participants design and make their prom flowers, and supply the flowers and other items they need, she said.
Workshops will be held on the Friday before each prom for students at Mahomet-Seymour, Urbana, Centennial, St. Thomas More, Central and University high schools, and each workshop is limited to the first 25 people who register.
The cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple, and all classes will be held at the University of Illinois plant science lab. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the UI Floral Design Club, Locke said.
Locke is a 1999 UI graduate in ornamental horticulture and has worked for more than 13 years as a freelance floral designer. She also offers her services for weddings and other special events.
For more information, call 840-3866 or see the Web site at www.lockefloral.com.
New at shopping center
A Kut Above salon has moved from 1759 W. Kirby Ave., C, to 510 N. Cunningham Ave., U – the new Five Points Commercial Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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