It's Your Business: Rainbow Gardens opens 2nd C-U site

It's Your Business: Rainbow Gardens opens 2nd C-U site

A second location of the Chinese restaurant Rainbow Garden has opened in Champaign-Urbana.

The original Rainbow Garden restaurant in Champaign, at 1402 S. Neil St., opened in 1999, and current owner Zhiyuan Song bought the business in 2005. The new restaurant is in the Gateway Shoppes shopping center at 202 E. University Ave., U.

A soft opening was held last week. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Urbana restaurant's menu is similar to the one on Neil Street, with a few additions such as lettuce wraps appetizers and a sesame pork entree, which was occasionally offered at the other location.

The Urbana location is about twice as large as the Champaign one and seats about 100 people. It also features a full bar.

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The Urbana restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and can be reached at 344-1888. The bar may be open later. Delivery and carryout is available.

Closing note

In other restaurant news, AnSun, the American and Chinese restaurant that opened in November 2009 in part of a former hardware store in Village at the Crossing, has closed.

The owners of the restaurant, at 2411 Village Green Place, C, closed it due to poor sales.

Restaurant tear-down?

The Lone Star Steakhouse, at 901 W. Anthony Drive, C, may be getting much more than a face-lift.

City of Champaign officials recently approved an amendment to a planned development that clears the way for the restaurant site, just off North Prospect Avenue, to be redeveloped.

According to a presentation to the city's plan commission last month, the restaurant will be torn down, and two new commercial buildings will be built on the site.

Four different businesses were listed as possible tenants: a Chipotle restaurant, Vitamin Shoppe, a mattress store and a cellphone store.

Calls to Lone Star's corporate office in Texas were not returned.

We'll keep you posted on new updates as they happen. According to city documents, the project may begin in late this fall and be completed in summer 2012.

Shopping trip?

A new boutique chock-full of vintage furniture and locally made arts and crafts has opened in Gibson City.

New and Vintage Art and Antique Consignment, 119 N. Church St., sells furniture, glassware and kitchen items as well as paintings, pottery, jewelry and other locally made items.

"We're excited about featuring local artists," said the store's manager, Amanda Christianson.

The store feature many eras and styles of furniture: primitive, mid-century, Victorian and more.

Consignors receive 60 percent of the sales price.

The store can be reached at 727-1004. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Food to your door

A new restaurant delivery service has launched in Champaign-Urbana.

At, customers review menus from more than 40 different restaurants in the area, and then employees pick up and deliver the food, said owner John Garvey.

A former business analyst, Garvey grew up in Champaign, worked in Florida and returned to Champaign-Urbana a few years ago.

Drivers can pick up and deliver meals from fast-food restaurants such as Burger King and Niro's Gyros or bar food from the Esquire Lounge, Mexican from Dos Reales, and more.

Right now the service is accepting only credit card orders.

"We're trying to make it as simple as possible," he said.

Delivery is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. daily. The service costs $3.99 per delivery, not including tip for the driver.

More information is available by visiting, emailing or calling 722-0046.


O'Brien Chiropractic, led by Peter O'Brien, will open Tuesday, in a new location at 4910 W. Windsor Road, C.

O'Brien previously owned the office near downtown Champaign before retiring and selling it to another owner in 2002.

The business closed, and Peter O'Brien said he is coming out of retirement and reopening the business with the same name.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing business? Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email at; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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