It's Your Business: Layalina brings Middle Eastern fare

It's Your Business: Layalina brings Middle Eastern fare

The former Mas Amigos building in Champaign is now home to a restaurant serving Middle Eastern food.

Layalina Mediterranean Grill opened Nov. 1 at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C.

The restaurant's owner, Hamada Saleh, wanted to bring an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant to town, according to Munther Jawad, who works there.

The menu includes chicken, lamb, beef and shrimp kabobs, shawerma, hummus, pita, falafel sandwiches and baba ganoush, with many dishes made from scratch.

Layalina is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It seats about 60 people, and there are plans for outdoor seating next summer, Jawad said. As an alternative to dining in, guests can call ahead and carry out. Catering is available. The phone number is 356-4800.

Attie's to open Saturday

Attie's Bar & Grill plans to open for business Saturday at Urbana's Stone Creek Golf Club.

Attie's will offer casual dining, be open year-round and operate independently from the club. Equipped with 11 flat-screen TVs, it will seat more than 100 and also have a private dining room for up to 25 guests.

The name "Attie's" pays homage to Clint Atkins, founder of The Atkins Group, which developed the Stone Creek subdivision and golf club.

"A family-oriented, casual dining restaurant has been planned at Stone Creek for a long time," Spencer Atkins, director at The Atkins Group, said in a release. "We are excited to add this amenity for both golfers at Stone Creek and residents of Urbana and the surrounding communities."

The website for the restaurant at 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., U, is

Meat me in Urbana

The Urbana Butcher Shop has opened in the former Das Cafe location at 119 W. Main St., U.

Operated by Joshua Boyd, the shop serves locally sourced and organic meats, including pork, beef, chicken and lamb as well as occasional specialties such as veal and venison.

"Our dedication to local and sustainable food shows our dedication to our local community," Boyd said in an Urbana Business Association release. "Keeping everything local supports our local economy, reduces our carbon footprint and promotes healthy eating ... and local meat simply tastes better."

Shop hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 607-2622.

Haven't roped this one

Folks hankering for a Golden Corral in the Champaign-Urbana area are just going to have to hanker a little longer.

A reader recently asked about the possibility of the restaurant chain coming here. Contacted last week, Dick Chase, a spokesman for Raleigh, N.C.-based Golden Corral, said a franchisee looked at the Champaign market but now is close to making a deal in another market.

"We are not working any sites in Champaign," Chase said.

Golden Corral, which features a buffet and grill, has 15 locations in Illinois, including downstate spots in Peoria, Springfield, Collinsville, Alton and Carbondale. Nationwide, it has about 480 locations in 40 states.

Where's it?

Whitsitt and Associates, which has had an office in central Champaign for 25 years, is moving to southwest Champaign on Nov. 21.

President Steve Whitsitt said the office will move to 2916-A Crossing Court, the former location of Taylored Food Concepts.

The 3,500-square-foot office will be nearly double the size of Whitsitt's current office at 211 W. Springfield Ave., Suite 204.

The firm concentrates on commercial real estate appraisals, though residential transactions account for about 20 percent of its work, Whitsitt said.

Besides appraising, Whitsitt and Associates does consulting, eminent domain work and relocation work throughout central Illinois.

The Champaign office has grown to include seven appraisers and two secretaries. Four people have been added in the last three years, with demand for appraisals rising as interest rates remain low and lenders extend more credit.

Traditions makes change

Traditions, a gift shop in Monticello, recently moved from 208 W. Washington St. to 200 W. Washington St.

Owner Redda Lively said the store formerly shared space with Celebrations, a shop operated by Heather Torrens.

But Lively had the chance to move three doors down to the space formerly occupied by the Any Frequency record shop.

Traditions, which opened in November 2011, carries candles, jewelry, scarves, lotions, fine chocolates and home accents.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The phone number is 762-3400.

Free hotcakes for veterans

Active military personnel and military veterans will receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at Bob Evans restaurants on Monday in commemoration of Veterans Day.

All they have to do is show a valid military ID. Proof of service can include a Uniformed Services Identification Card, a Uniformed Services Retired Identification Card, a current leave and earnings statement or a card for a veterans organization such as the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars. They can also wear a uniform.

Bob Evans has a restaurant at 1813 N. Neil St., C, as well as locations in Decatur and Bloomington.

Step up to the plate

The Denny's restaurant at 702 W. Town Center Blvd., C, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Thursday by giving away food.

The first 50 diners through the door at 9 a.m. that day will get free Original Grand Slam breakfasts, which include two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs, two strips of bacon and two sausage links.

The first 25 lunch guests to drop by the restaurant at noon will get a free Classic Burger and Fries.

Plus, the first 25 guests to come to Denny's at 6 p.m. will win a free entree with the purchase on an entree.

Hundreds of additional prizes will be given away throughout the daylong celebration, according to a release from the restaurant.

Franchisee David Kahre said he "couldn't think of a better way to mark this occasion than with a Grand Slam of a celebration."

Realty firm relocates

Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell will celebrate its new office at 1608 Broadmoor Drive, C, at an event at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The firm, formerly located at 2506 Galen Drive, C, has nearly 40 locations throughout northern and central Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.

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.

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