The Irish pub Dublin O'Neil's officially opened in downtown Champaign last week and neighboring restaurant 301 Mongolia is expected to open this week.
"We're definitely a comforting, homey place with pub atmosphere: exposed brick walls, a cobblestone entry way," said Joshua Huddleston, executive chef of Dublin O'Neil's.
Located on the ground floor of the M2 building, 301 N. Neil St., the pub's food menu features grass-fed beef, Amish-raised chicken and other locally-sourced food. Dishes include shepherds' pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, chicken pot pies and more.
"The pub burger has a nice spice kick to it. It's hand-pattied," Huddleston said.
Over 80 bottles of beer are available, with 16 different beers on tap, including five Irish beers. Seasonal microbrews will also be featured on tap. In addition to the beer, there are 25 Irish whiskeys to choose from.
In the future the pub will host live Irish session bands, according to Huddleston.
The pub serves food from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and can be reached at 531-1152.
More on 301 Mongolia next week.
Realtor and former legal assistant Ruth Hieser has recently opened Anita's Place Home Consignment in Savoy.
Born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Hieser spent 26 years working as a legal assistant before becoming a Realtor. She's currently with ReMax Choice.
"It's a dream I've had of opening this consignment store," she said. The shop is named after her late sister, Anita Breen of Tolono, who died several years ago of ovarian cancer.
With her companion Charlie, a shih tzu who is always in the shop with her, Hieser sells gently-used furniture and home decor such as wall hangings, silk flowers, paintings and more.
"I want a little bit from every period. We have everything: modern, antique, traditional," she said.
Consignors are asked to call and make an appointment before bringing in their items. The consignment period is for 60 days and sellers receive 55 percent while Hieser takes 45 percent.
You can find the shop in Savoy Square, 411 Clarendon, one block off of U.S. 45 next to Limited Edition salon. It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It can be reached at 363-3202.
Reflexologist Norma Howard, who has been practicing in Forsyth since 2002, has started offering her services in Mahomet. Howard moved to Mahomet over a year ago.
Reflexology, considered an alternative medicine or treatment, is about how reflexes in the hands and feet correspond to other parts of the body, Howard said.
"It's good for relieving stress and tension and for people with chronic pain such as migraines or plantar fasciitis," she said.
Howard was a registered nurse for over 20 years. She can be reached at 433-6247.
— Staley Concrete in Champaign has taken over ownership of K & R Painting in Champaign following the death of K & R's former owner, Ross Merkle.
Nick York, business manager with Staley Concrete, said the purchase was prompted by Staley owner Ron Kenny, who was friends with Merkle.
"There's a lot of synergy between the concrete and painting businesses. With concrete, we're involved early on with new construction," he said.
Services will remain the same. K & R offers residential, commercial, interior and exterior painting for new construction and remodeling projects, York said.
K & R can be reached at 359-9556.
— The Curves fitness center in Tuscola is under new ownership. Cathy Barnard, a former elementary teacher from Tuscola, recently acquired the franchise from Dianne Seaman. The women's fitness center is at 104 Southline Road, Unit B, and can be reached at 253-9000.
The Pilates Center in downtown Champaign will hold an open house later this week to celebrate its remodel and new name, The Dulak Pilates Center.
The center, owned by Janice Dulak, opened in the Lincoln Building, 44 E. Main St., C. The remodel entailed adding new flooring, renovating storage areas into functional space and adding a bathroom with the goal of making the space more open and user-friendly.
The open house, with free demonstrations, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The center can be reached at 239-2694
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