Fat City owner buys Memphis on Main

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of Fat City Bar and Grill has acquired Memphis on Main in downtown Champaign and said he plans to continue booking the same sort of entertainment there.

Strawberry Fields to be reborn

URBANA — Fans of the Strawberry Fields natural and organic foods store can look for its rebirth this spring, thanks to Mohammad Al-Heeti and his family.

Flash index dips in December, but still shows growth

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index declined slightly in December, but remains in a range that indicates continued economic growth in Illinois.

Biz Quiz 2014: A look at the year in business

Test your memory with a look back at the year in business

Ah, 2014. It was the year of wood-fired pizza, video game cafes and memory care centers.

Speaking of memory, it's time to test yours. How well do you remember the past year's business developments in East Central Illinois?

Business calendar, Jan. 4, 2015

Thursday, Jan. 8

John Roska: Anyone can refuse cash payment

Q: My landlord won't accept cash. Is that legal? If it is, what's the best way to pay, so that I have proof of payment?

A: Anyone can refuse cash — not just landlords.

Business listings, Jan. 4, 2015

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

Array Technical Service Group-ATSG, 1704 E. Colorado Ave., Apt. 102, U, by Robert Pendleton, same address.

B&B Plaster Co., 6051/2 W. Bradley Ave., C, by Clark F. Bobo, same address.

Building permits, Jan. 4, 2015

Listed are recent 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, location and cost.


Craig Kouri Architect, alteration for packaging/warehouse at 710 N. Mattis Ave., $326,000.

It's Your Business: Moe's Southwest Grill planning C-U site

Moe's Southwest Grill could come to the Champaign-Urbana area soon.

Ken Solem, who with Gary Sparks has the Moe's franchise for this area, said he hopes to open a restaurant here as early as this spring — ideally May or early June.

Solem and Sparks already operate two Moe's locations in the Bloomington-Normal area and plan to open a store in East Peoria this spring.

Tom's Mailbag Jan. 2, 2015

My, my, look at how much the baby has grown! 

The Mailbag turned a year old a couple of weeks ago (Dec. 21) and I missed it. Rotten parent, I guess.