Today's Special | Champaign's Old Chicago gets new owner

Today's Special | Champaign's Old Chicago gets new owner

CHAMPAIGN — A north Champaign restaurant has a new owner.

Jeff Ruppel of ROC Taproom & Parco Ltd. confirmed he completed the purchase of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom at 1910 N. Neil St. in February.

"Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is an energetic and welcoming company," Ruppel said last week. "We're excited to be a part of it and serve the Champaign area. We look forward to our continued growth in this community and beyond."

Old Chicago is a family-friendly restaurant that features Italian entrees, including a deep dish pizza, a Hangover burger and hand-tossed wings, along with a wide beer selection.

After starting out by owning and operating 25 Wendy's in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, Ruppel took ownership of four Old Chicago restaurants in Iowa in 2017. In addition to buying the Champaign store, Ruppel has also purchased one in Merrillville, Ind.

The Neil Street building originally was a Smokey Bones restaurant until that eatery closed in May 2007.

Tom Connelly of Schaumburg opened the Old Chicago restaurant in September 2009.

Sections (2):News, Business
Topics (2):Food, Restaurants

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Homeboy wrote on March 04, 2018 at 8:03 am

Smokey Bones closed May 2007. Your welcome

Ron wrote on March 04, 2018 at 9:03 am

Thank You!!

You're Welcome