It's Your Business: Papa Del's staying on Green Street for now

It's Your Business: Papa Del's staying on Green Street for now

Bob Monti, the owner of Papa Del's Pizza, said he plans to stay put on Green Street in Champaign's Campustown for the foreseeable future.

But he would like to move to a larger location eventually.

Monti said the restaurant at 206 E. Green St., C, was briefly advertised as being available for lease.

But that was predicated on finding a new place that fit his needs, and so far those plans haven't panned out.

Monti said Papa Del's on Green can accommodate about 180 people, and he'd like to find a place where he can serve 400.

The location wouldn't necessarily have to be in Campustown, he said. Having been around 42 years, Papa Del's is now a "destination," he said, and not dependent on traffic from campus.

And though Green Street may now be the darling of high-rise apartment developers, the reduction in the number of traffic lanes from four to three hasn't necessarily benefited businesses like Papa Del's, Monti said.

So for now, Papa Del's will continue serving pizza at both its Green Street location and its store at Village at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.

The restaurant, which got its start at the southwest corner of Wright and Healey streets in Champaign, opened the Green Street location for pickup and delivery in 1975 and added dining facilities there in 1989.

Barbecue coming to Savoy

Smoky's House BBQ plans to open in mid-June in the Savoy Plaza space recently vacated by Bangkok Thai.

Joe Evans, who opened his first Smoky's House BBQ in Charleston about two years ago, said he chose Savoy for his second restaurant due to growth in that area.

"There's really nothing like what we offer in Champaign-Urbana," he said, noting that Smoky's House will provide steaks, wraps, burgers and delivery.

"We smoke all our meat on-site, make all nine barbecue sauces on the table and prepare our food on-site," he said. "We offer dine-in, carryout, delivery and catering."

The restaurant's extensive menu — which includes brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, wings, salads and sweet waffle fries — can be found at the website, http://www.smokyshousebbq.com.

Unlike many barbecue restaurants, which are self-service, Smoky's House has servers who come to the table, Evans said. Customers can order family-style or individually, he added.

Plus, Smoky's House will serve both beer and wine.

Evans, who operates Smoky's House with his wife Chao Yang, said he employs 20 to 25 people at the Charleston restaurant, 300 W. Lincoln Ave., and hopes to employ that many in Savoy.

The Savoy location will have about 4,200 square feet and accommodate about 70 guests, he said.

Hours are expected to be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Evans said he has a long history in the restaurant business, having served as general manager for Longhorn Smokehouse/Hickory River, first in Urbana and then in Springfield, then as kitchen manager and general manager for Buffalo Wild Wings in Savoy before going out on his own.

Rev up the mower

Jamie and Debra LeBaugh have opened Mahomet Small Engine at 205-B W. Oak St. in Mahomet.

The shop — located on U.S. 150 a short distance west of the Illinois 47 South junction — shares a parking lot with Community Tire.

Mahomet Small Engine is an authorized dealer for Cub Cadet and Ariens products and MTD parts.

LeBaugh said he sells and services lawn mowers and tractors, zero-turn mowers, garden tillers, generators and snowblowers, among other things.

"I've been doing this for 20 years out of my home shed and moved into the new building on Route 150 on April 1," he said.

For years, he operated LeBaugh Lawn Care and adopted the Mahomet Small Engine name about a year ago.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays — at least during mowing season. The phone number is 586-3400.

The shop's website is http://www.mahometsmallengines.com. LeBaugh said customers can order parts online 24 hours a day seven days a week, with shipment to their homes.

Law firm moves to Urbana

Langacker Law is taking up new quarters in Urbana's County Plaza. The firm, established in 2009, was previously at 302 W. Hill St., C. Its new address is 102 E. Main St., Suite 100, U.

Managing partner Ronald S. Langacker has been practicing law in Illinois since 1997 and is also licensed in Indiana and Wisconsin.

He once practiced law in Vermilion County and served as vice president of a commercial printing company in Wisconsin.

The firm's practice is concentrated in the areas of criminal law, family law and employment law. The firm's phone number is 954-1025.

Kitchen for rent

The Social Event Venue, which opened this year at 38 N. Vermilion St., Danville, is making its commercial kitchen available for rent.

Social is also offering monthly rental of secured dry, cool and frozen storage, and rental of table seating space for tastings and classes.

For more information, call 800-409-5726 or email info@socialdanville.com.

Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346 or by email at dodson@news-gazette.com.

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