It's Your Business: Wood n' Hog Barbecue plans 'all smoke, no joke'

A new barbecue restaurant is coming to Champaign's north side.

The brother-and-sister team of Michael McDonald and Okema Battle are launching Wood n' Hog Barbecue at 904 N. Fourth St., Suite B, in March.

Both McDonald and Battle are natives of Chicago and have more than two decades of experience making barbecue at Leon's Barbecue and Uncle John's Barbecue in the Windy City.

Red Robin to roost near mall

CHAMPAIGN — As they work to find a new tenant for the recently closed space that was occupied by Buca di Beppo, the folks at Market Place Mall are preparing for construction to begin on a new restaurant located outside of the main food court.

"Red Robin is confirmed and ready to go and they're going to start construction on Monday," Market Place general manager Dennis Robertson said.

Classic Cuts

MONTICELLO — A roll through the downtown of Piatt County's seat evokes memories of the old-school Main Street cities. The county courthouse features prominently in the middle as local businesses in buildings constructed in the 1800s have stood the test of time while maintaining much of their original charm.

Wired In: Leanne Labriola

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet DR. LEANNE LABRIOLA, 36, the daughter of an Italian grocer and English professor who became a Carle ophthalmologist and professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. 


Thai restaurant in Rantoul a family affair

RANTOUL — Vone Keomala came to the United States from Thailand when he was in his teens. Now he has brought a little of his homeland to Rantoul with the opening of a new restaurant downtown.

A Taste of Thai has opened at 124 E. Sangamon Ave.

The business is a family affair.

Building permits, Feb. 21, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Andrew Fell Architecture & Design, retail alteration for Espresso Royale at 2401 N. Prospect Ave., $69,500.

Business listings, Feb. 21, 2016

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Sparkle Cleaning Service, 1306 Joanne Lane, C, Lizzie Mae Carter, same address.

2nd St. Painting, 1456 County Road 600 N, Tolono, Nathaniel Garcier, 606 A Bannerstone Court, Savoy.

Ashley Carey Photography, 247 Dewey St., U, Ashley Carey, same address.

Rantoul donut shop getting renovation

RANTOUL — A popular stop for coffee and donuts in Rantoul will be getting a new look.

Dunkin' Donuts will undergo a renovation, store Manager Jay Patel said, with more seating, greater Wi-Fi access and more menu options.

Sunrise Coal likely to get one-year extension on state application

SIDELL — With a deadline looming, it's likely the state will grant Sunrise Coal another year to address changes in its Bulldog mine application.

Co-op plans expansion in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — Premier Co-op, a grain-buying and handling company that has 23 locations in East Central Illinois, is planning a more than $2 million expansion in Thomasboro.