It's Your Business: New name, owners for bar and grill
Beginning this week, JonEB's Bar & Grill at Champaign's Country Fair Shopping Center will be known as Goldy's Bar & Grill.
Mark Logue, a co-owner of JonEB's, bought out former partner Jon Bristow and is tweaking the formula, making changes to the menu, the hours and the entertainment options.
Menu additions are expected to include hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and salads, plus chips and salsa. Plus, he's toying with the idea of pizza sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and hot ham-and-cheese.
Logue said he has an application pending for video gambling and is adding a shuffleboard table to the pool tables already there.
He also anticipates sprucing up the outdoor beer garden and having occasional live entertainment.
But he adds his goal is to turn Goldy's "more into a family and neighborhood grill, and not a rock 'n' roll joint." His wife, Traci, will be on-site proprietor.
The location has the capacity to host special events, such as graduation and retirement parties.
Hours are expected to be 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Logue, who owns Fasteners Etc. in Champaign, said his parents, Jim and Joby Logue, opened Logue's Bar & Grill at that location — 123 S. Mattis Ave., C — in 1999. The establishment changed hands before he and Bristow bought it in December 2010.
The Goldy's name has a dual purpose, Logue said. It brings to mind the former Goldblatt's department store at Country Fair.
But the name is also intended to honor the late John Goldenstein, a softball coach who was a family friend. Logue said he intends to sponsor a golf outing this fall in honor of Goldenstein.
The phone number for Goldy's remains 359-2177.
Antiques in Champaign
If you miss having an antiques store on North Highland Avenue in Champaign, don't despair.
Mercantile Antiques, which has a store in St. Joseph, recently opened a second location at 1505 N. Highland Ave. — south of Bloomington Road and one block west of Prospect Avenue.
The new store is called Mercantile Antiques at 1505, and it's co-owned by Marion Feller and Deb Calvo. The store carries antiques and collectibles, as well as country home decor, candles, Olde Century Colors paint and Howard wood finishing products.
Country N More Antiques was at that location for many years. Calvo said many Country N More customers told her how much they missed the store.
"We thought it was something Champaign needed again," said Calvo, who has operated Mercantile Antiques since 2004.
Store hours in Champaign are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The phone number is 469-9001.
Keller Williams to move
Keller Williams Realty is scheduled to move to Champaign's Village at the Crossing during early August, according to team leader Manda Price.
The realty firm, which has been at 821 S. Neil St., C, since 2007, has outgrown its existing space, Price said.
"We're now at 96 agents and growing," she said. "We hope to have a 105-agent count by the end of this year."
Keller Williams plans to occupy the second floor of the Gailey Eye Clinic building at 2441 Village Green Place, she said. That will give the real estate firm about 11,000 square feet.
"Parking was a big attraction, as well as the residential growth out there," she added.
R/C racing event
Mark June 15 on your calendar if you're a radio-control hobby enthusiast or want to see what it involves.
That's when HotSlots R/C Racing will host its first R/C Bash Fest. The event will be on the parking lot outside the HotSlots store at 1809 S. Philo Road, U.
The fest, slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, will include a speed contest, an obstacle course, a high jump with a ramp, a "sumo" contest and a demolition derby.
The entry fee covering all five events is $15, with profits benefiting the Urbana Middle School Lego Robotics Club.
There will also be an R/C Car & Truck Show, which competitors can enter at no cost.
Spectators can watch all events for free. There will be demonstrations of radio-controlled helicopters, airplanes, boats and ground vehicles, and County Market will provide food for purchase by spectators and competitors.
For more information, check the website http://www.hotslots132.com/rcbashfest.
Consignment shop goes west
Copasetic Consignments has moved to 606 S. Staley Road, C — in the southeast corner of the Antiques & More building.
The shop has been located in downtown Champaign for three years, but owner Lisa Gundersen said the new location in west Champaign offers plenty of parking and easy access for loading.
The downtown store, at 204 N. Neil St., C, will remain open until June 15, with most merchandise there selling for 50 percent off.
Hours at the new location are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The store's Web address is http://www.copaseticconsignments.com.
HVAC firms merge
Rick Houchens reports that Heating and Air Conditioning Specialists in St. Joseph has merged with Chief/Bauer Heating & Air Conditioning, A Service Experts Company, in Champaign.
Houchens had been leader and general manager of Chief/Bauer for 20 years but left the company in February 2012 and became CEO of the St. Joseph business owned by Houchens Group Inc.
He remained with that firm until April of this year when the two businesses merged and he returned as general manager of Chief/Bauer.
All full-time employees of the St. Joseph business transferred to the merged firm, Houchens said.
Lennox International, which had owned Service Experts, sold that business to an affiliate of American Capital this spring.
Chief/Bauer, at 520 N. Hickory St., C, has 22 employees. Its Web address is http://www.chiefbauer.com. The phone numbers for both firms that merged — 352-5211 and 469-2900 — are still in service.
Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at email@example.com; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.