It's Your Business: Mas Amigos plans second location

It's Your Business: Mas Amigos plans second location

Mas Amigos, the Mexican restaurant that opened at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C, in 2009, plans to open a second location in the former Cocina Real building at 1106 W. University Ave., U.

Teo Padron, who co-owns Mas Amigos with Juan Reyna, said work needs to be done at the new location, but he hopes to be open there sometime in December.

The Urbana location will seat about 150, compared with the 50 or so that can be accommodated in Champaign.

"We can't feed a lot of people here," he said.

Padron said it's conceivable Mas Amigos will extend its weekend hours at the new place.

Hours are currently 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — but closing time on Friday and Saturday may be pushed to 11 p.m. or midnight at the new place.

Mas Amigos restaurant employs 12 to 15, Padron said.

Padron and Reyna also own the Mas Amigos grocery store on Cunningham Avenue in Urbana.

Rechristened MAB to move

If you're familiar with the MAB Paints store on Country Fair Drive in Champaign, look for the store to move next year and adopt a new name.

Store Manager Andrew Feinholz said the store plans to move to 702 W. Marketview Drive, C, the first week of February and operate under the Sherwin-Williams name.

Until then, MAB will continue to operate from 106 S. Country Fair Drive, C.

Feinholz said the Marketview Drive location — formerly the site of A-OK Transmission — enjoys "a lot more traffic." Plus, being near Lowe's, it's perceived as more of a retail location, he said.

The new Sherwin-Williams store will carry all the MAB line, plus lots of Sherwin-Williams products, Feinholz said. In addition to paints, the store will offer stains, wall coverings and floor coverings.

The new location will seem more like a retail store, with chairs, tables and browsing areas, he said.

Hours are expected to remain the same: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

MAB Paints was purchased by Sherwin-Williams in 2007.

From One World to Rick's

Watch for a new name and new twist to a pizzeria in Campustown.

William Fosser has acquired One World Pizza at 508 E. Green St., C, and plans to convert it to Rick's Pizzeria later this month.

The pizzeria will use a different dough and a different sauce, but it will keep some e favorites from the One World menu — among them the Korean Seoul pizza and the Thai chicken pizza.

Fosser said Jose Costa will be the pizzeria's general manager and Rick Orsted will play a key role.

Costa said one addition to the menu will be a taco pizza, with salsa, sour cream and chips.

Orsted said that at some point, the pizzeria hopes to offer organic ingredients and whole-grain dough. He would also like to add a Deli Deluxe option that he likened to "a cold-cut sandwich on a pizza."

In addition to pizza, Rick's will offer breadsticks, pasta, wings and sandwiches. Customers can carry out or have their orders delivered.

The pizzeria plans to be closed through Thanksgiving — while students are on break — and reopen at 8 p.m. Friday. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The phone number remains 344-4000.

Savoy to get Massage Envy

Massage Envy Spa has about 900 locations nationwide. Soon Savoy will get one.

Franchisees Sue and Lindy Edmund plan to open a Massage Envy Spa in Savoy Plaza — south of the Schnucks store, in the space just north of Marble Slab Creamery.

Their son, Kyle Edmund, will be the manager.

"We hope to be open by the end of the year," Sue Edmund said, adding that the spa will likely have 15 to 20 full- and part-time therapists.

She said the Edmunds chose Savoy because "we feel that's where a lot of the growth is and the households fit our demographic."

Plus, the location near Schnucks, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Savoy 16 theater complex seems likely to draw people, she said.

Hours are expected to be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Dan Lowery, regional developer for Massage Envy, said the chain offers an introductory massage for $39 and memberships for $49 a month, which entitles the member to a one-hour session per month.

Being a spa, Massage Envy will also offer facials, foot scrubs, hot stone therapy and seven kinds of massage. More information about the chain is available at

Freddy's in East Central Illinois

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers opened at 917 E. Charleston Ave. in Mattoon last week.

According to a release from the Wichita, Kan.-based company, additional sites are planned in Champaign, Decatur and Springfield.

The chain offers cooked-to-order steakburgers, Chicago hot dogs and desserts made from premium frozen custard.

Freddy's opened its first location in Wichita in 2002. Since then, its founders — Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon — have opened nine locations in the Wichita and Kansas City markets. Franchisees operate 68 other stores, mainly in the nation's mid-section.

The Mattoon restaurant, operated by franchisee Jerry Myerscough, offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as drive-through service. The Mattoon restaurant employs about 60.

Speaking of burgers ...

In case you hadn't noticed, Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened at 901-B W. Anthony Drive, C, last Monday.

It's one of four businesses that opened in two buildings constructed on the site of the former Lone Star Steakhouse, just off North Prospect Avenue.

"It was literally the perfect opening we could ask for," said Manager Mike Baszis, who worked for Five Guys for 3-1/2 years before getting the Champaign job.

Five Guys started in the Washington, D.C., area, and today has more than 1,000 locations nationwide.

Baszis said he's proud of the freshness of the ingredients. He said the restaurant has no freezers or microwave ovens. Patties are hand-rolled in the morning, and tomatoes, lettuce and onions are hand-prepped.

"We're huge about quality," he said.

Five Guys is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant employs about 55. Its phone number is 398-0869.

Clinic opening in Danville

Dr. Susan Mantell is opening a family medical practice in Danville called Helping Hands Medical Clinic.

The practice will be located at 405 Sheridan St., formerly the site of Dr. Ken Eneli's office. Monday is expected to be the first day of business.

Working with Mantell will be Physician Assistant Julie Holycross.

Mantell, who also operates the Center for Your Health in Philo, will continue to practice there, said Helping Hands office manager Nikki Moulton.

Hours for the Danville clinic will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. The phone number is 516-8617.

Salon coming to Sadorus

Staci Hendricks is planning to open a hair salon, Staci's Chop Shop, at 101 N. West St., Sadorus.

She'll be sharing space in the building with Overbuilt Storage Systems and Deedrick Rentals.

Hendricks hasn't determined an opening date yet, but she intends to be open Monday through Sunday.

She formerly worked as a stylist at Danielle Renee Salon and Spa in Monticello and at Ruth's Salon in Champaign.

Once Staci's Chop Shop opens, appointments can be made by calling 898-8490.

Bookshop adds holiday hours

The FriendShop bookstore at the Champaign Public Library has added weekday shopping hours for the holiday season.

The shop is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 19, in addition to regular weekend hours — 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The shop carries thousands of like-new books, most priced at 50 cents to $1. CDs, audiobooks, DVDs and VHS tapes are also available.

The shop — a project of the Champaign Public Library Friends — is on the lower level of the library, 200 W. Green St., C. Proceeds benefit the library.

Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 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.