It's Your Business: Sports bar/ restaurant now open in Tolono

It's Your Business: Sports bar/ restaurant now open in Tolono

Fans of Brian Cardinal and other sports greats can find their images on the walls of a new restaurant in Tolono.

Traxside Pub and Sports Lounge opened Feb. 1 in the old Radmaker's Billiards and Sports Bar at 4 E. Holden St.

It's owned by Jignesh and Nita Panchal, who operate the adjacent Hometown Pantry, and by Jeff Lancaster, who was long involved in Radmaker's.

For now, Traxside is open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it serves up a variety of food.

Fried walleye is featured Friday evenings, and a 10-ounce ribeye is offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Breakfast is served Saturdays and Sundays, with the choices including steak and eggs, omelets, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, pancakes, "haystacks" and fresh cinnamon rolls.

The lunch menu includes Italian beef, barbecued pork, Philly cheesesteak, grilled chicken and cod sandwiches. There's a variety of burgers, as well as a grilled chicken salad and soup of the day.

Lancaster said Traxside features a sports theme.

"The dining area is decorated in Unity (High School) colors, and an artist has airbrushed sports figures on the wall, including Brian Cardinal," Lancaster said.

Cardinal, a Unity grad, played basketball at Purdue and then in the NBA for more than a decade, most recently for the Dallas Mavericks.

Also featured is baseball standout Roy Radmaker, who played for the Chicago White Sox system during the 1960s.

Patrons can scout out images of other sports favorites, including Mark McGwire, Ernie Banks, Mike Ditka, Brian Urlacher, Michael Jordan, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. — all captured by artist Chris Logan.

The building Traxside occupies has housed many businesses through the years, including a grocery store, an archery range, a motorcycle repair shop and an auction house. Radmaker's operated there from 1994 to 2010, Lancaster said.

After Radmaker's closed, the building was remodeled and sold to Panchal, who operated the Hometown Bar and Grill alongside the Hometown Pantry.

That restaurant served Mexican food. Now it has not only a new name and menu, but also a new decor and staff. Trudy Timpone is the manager.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 485-1016.

Panchal's name may sound familiar to business patrons in Champaign-Urbana. He also owns the Hometown Pantry at 601 E. Green St., C, and formerly operated the Baskin-Robbins store on Philo Road in Urbana.

Bye-bye, Blockbuster

Blockbuster has announced plans to close its video store at 1907 W. Springfield Ave., C, on April 7.

Last week, it began a liquidation sale of its stock and fixtures, with items marked down from 10 percent to 30 percent. The markdowns are expected to increase as the closing date nears.

Blockbuster announced last month it would close 300 stores across the country, leaving the chain with about 500 stores.

Blockbuster once had multiple stores in Champaign-Urbana, but it closed its Urbana store at 105 E. University Ave., in 2011. The Danville store also closed recently.

Where will Blockbuster devotees go now? They'd better be willing to travel. A sign at the Champaign store refers people to locations in Berwyn, Chicago, DeKalb, Waukegan and Elgin.

Paradise rebuilt

The Best Western Paradise Inn in Savoy has embarked on the first phase of major renovations, said General Manager Alpa Patel, whose family has operated it for 30 years.

A 20-unit section west of the hotel office has been demolished, and work is about to start on a new two-story, 38-unit section to replace it.

The new section will have an interior corridor, an elevator and a mix of single rooms, two-bed rooms and Jacuzzi suites, Patel said.

That phase of construction is slated to be complete by November, she said.

Plans call for a new breakfast area, a new lounge and reception area and a renovated meeting room, as well as a new entry from the east.

Patel said no timetable has been set for the second phase, which could include, among other things, an indoor pool and a business center.

Chiropractor plans move

There will be an adjustment to Melby Chiropractic, and it involves moving the office from 801 W. Springfield Ave., C, to the northeast corner of Neil Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign.

The move isn't expected to occur until May, said chiropractic assistant Mallory Tokarchick.

Melby Chiropractic, operated by chiropractor Jeffrey Melby, would be located just south of Kanoski & Associates in the building at 314 S. Neil St., said Mike Hosier, an owner of the building.

That site once housed the Urban League of Champaign County, but an extensive remodeling converted the structure for first-floor offices and second-floor apartments.

It's golden

Golden Hour, a convenience store that also offers fashion apparel, has opened at 301 W. Bloomington Road, C, at the intersection of Bloomington Road and Bradley Avenue.

The location was most recently the home of NY Fashion and for many years was a Butternut Breads outlet store.

Besides carrying convenience foods and beverages, the store devotes its rear section to apparel, including an array of women's shoes.

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.