It's Your Business: Burger place aims for August opening
The owner of Sliders Burgers & Belgian Fries is shooting for an opening in early August at 616 E. Green St. in Champaign's Campustown.
Seth Berkowitz, who also owns Insomnia Cookies on John Street, which delivers cookies late night to hungry students, said this is the second location for Sliders in the United States. The first store opened in Syracuse, N.Y., last July.
"We know Illinois very well, and we love the space" on Green Street, he said.
The space used to be home to Smoothie King, which relocated to Urbana.
The burgers — your options are a 2-ounce slider or 5.5-ounce burger — are made fresh, in-house and grilled to order, he said.
"We focus on high quality at a low price," Berkowitz said.
Potatoes are also cut and fried (twice) on site.
The Belgian fries "are super crispy outside and soft inside," and come with sauces like chipotle mayonnaise, spicy barbecue or curry ketchup.
The restaurant will offer dine-in for about 15 to 20 people as well as deliveries, which will be available until 3 a.m.
New York-based Insomnia Cookies has several other locations in college towns across the United States.
Upcoming Five Points tenants
— Amanda Yates plans to open a frozen yogurt shop called Skinni Girl in the Gateway Shoppes at Five Points in Urbana. That's the shopping center being developed at University, Cunningham and Broadway avenues.
Most of the yogurts will be fat-free; others will be low-fat, with about 2 grams of fat per serving, she said.
"It's extremely healthy, probiotic and super creamy," Yates said.
From Kankakee, Yates said she moved to Champaign-Urbana to be closer to family. While on vacation out west, the lactose-intolerant Yates said, a friend convinced her to try frozen yogurt and "I got addicted to it."
Her shop will feature YoCream-brand yogurt, she said. There will be six self-serve yogurt machines with a total of 12 different flavors. More than 30 toppings will be available, too.
She's gearing up for an opening possibly in mid-August or slightly later.
The store, which will be housed in the middle of the shopping center, will feature pink, yellow, turquoise and taupe color themes. Seating will be available.
— In other Five Points news, Po' Boys BBQ and Pizza in far east Urbana, plans to move to the shopping center in late fall.
Kitchen manager and chef Brijitte Gilbert said Po' Boys will remain in its current location, 1901 S. High Cross Road, through October and plans to move to the new spot by Nov. 1.
The restaurant will take up two spots in the strip mall.
The menu will still feature barbecue, pizza and burgers, but a few things will be taken off the menu, she said.
"We will continue to make everything from scratch," Gilbert said.
The restaurant opened in Urbana in the spring of 2009. The building, which is now for sale, was previously home to TK Wendl's.
A UPS Store has opened a satellite service center in the former Deutsch Men's clothing store space at 2830 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
"Danville was in need of a separate site due to the restricted hours offered at the UPS hub on 14th Street in Tilton," said Theresa Depew, center manager. "People just needed more access to our services."
The center offers packaging, mailbox rental, laminating, color and black-and-white copying, notary services, access to receiving and sending faxes, report binding, packing boxes and more.
"Any shipping services we offer are guaranteed," Depew said. "Items for the U.S. Postal Service and DHL shipping can be done through us, but they will not carry the UPS guarantee."
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with extended hours during the holidays. The store can be reached at 516-8017.
Last week we reported the move of Electric Beach Tanning Salon from Green Street to a new location at 502 E. John St. in Champaign. We neglected to write that with the move comes a new name for the business, The Beach Sun & Spa, to reflect the wider range of services that will be offered in the new space.
Owner Kristin Klinker said in addition to tanning, new services will include facials, waxing, teeth whitening, airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions and red-light therapy. A massage therapist, Shanna Franklin, will be on board, as well as a cosmetologist, Krystle Holderfield.
"Our target (opening) date is Aug. 1. That may change depending on our transition. We will definitely be open for the return of students," Klinker said.
The salon is in reduced summer-hours mode, but when students return, it will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.
Pat Phillips contributed to this report.
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