Village Inn Pizza relocating to High Cross Road in Urbana

Village Inn Pizza relocating to High Cross Road in Urbana

CHAMPAIGN — Village Inn Pizza plans to move to the former TK Wendl's site in Urbana in early November, its managing partner says.

For 46 years, Village Inn Pizza has been at the southwest corner of Springfield and Mattis avenues in Champaign.

But managing partner John Rinkenberger Jr. said its last day at that location will be Oct. 31.

"This was not an easy decision for us, but due to increasing operating and overhead costs at the current location, we had to look at other options," he stated in a release.

Po' Boys BBQ and Pizza, which has been occupying the TK Wendl's building at 1901 S. High Cross Road, U, announced in July that it plans to move to the Gateway Shoppes at Five Points this fall.

That shopping center is at the northwest corner of University and Cunningham avenues in Urbana.

Rinkenberger said Village Inn Pizza, a family-owned business, has leased the entire TK Wendl's complex.

"After 46 years, Village Inn is going back to its roots with a high-profile softball venue" and cornfields nearby, he said.

He noted that when Village Inn opened in Champaign in 1965, it had cornfields to its west.

"In addition, we are excited about providing space for other outdoor activities, including sand volleyball, large-group gatherings and cookouts and mini-concerts on the patio," he said.

The new location will including a dining room separate from a pub area. Village Inn will also have a private room with bar and seating for up to 80 people for family events, small-company events, reunions, birthday parties and other occasions.

There will be an area for kids' games. Plus, there will be themed nights for karaoke, music and comedian improvisation, euchre parties and bag tournaments.

Hours are expected to be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for food and pizza, with the pub remaining open until 1 a.m. The restaurant plans to continue to offer its $6.99 lunch buffet Sunday through Friday.

Before Village Inn closes at Springfield and Mattis, the restaurant is planning several promotional activities in October.

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Heather J. wrote on September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

I am really sad to see Village Inn move to Urbana! I love inside of the Village Inn with the fireplace, the big long tables with benches, the wood and booths. We're really going to miss having it in West Champaign. I'm bummed, but best of luck to them in their new location. At least they're staying open in this tough economy. I'll take them moving across town rather than them closing their doors.

dcaric692 wrote on September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

Very sad to see them move. I wish them well. Their new location does not seem to keep a business going for very long. I think that the new location will hurt them.

sueo wrote on September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

Sorry to read this -- it's such a nice/convenient place and kid-friendly too. Champaign will miss you!

jenn wrote on September 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Monicals pizza is only a few blocks away. No bar, but very family friendly.

samlowry5611 wrote on September 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

This is a smart move! Moving to a more residential area, and one that's growing. I'm sure they will take advantage of the outdoor facilities. It has great potential. I look forward to it.

brado wrote on September 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Because the new location, I will be able to become a patron again. However, I too am concerned about the turnover of businesses at the High Cross Road location.