Schroeder's new owners eager to mix old and new

DANVILLE — Long before they became the new owners of Schroeder's Drive-In at 432 N. Gilbert St., Daniel and Susan Walton; Walton's son, Dale Terrell; and Terrell's fiancee, Kara Larson, were all loyal customers.

Updated: Concrete work will further delay Black Dog opening

Update 3:11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015:

Chalk up another surprise that will delay the opening of the Champaign location of Black Dog Smoke & Ale House.

Co-owner Mike Cochran said Friday afternoon that the reconstructed wheelchair ramp that had caused one delay now is causing another, because it has to be torn out and rebuilt again.

#SundaySneak: Burger joint to reopen Saturday

 Long before they became the new owners of Schroeder’s Drive-In at 432 N. Gilbert St., Daniel and Susan Walton; Walton’s son, Dale Terrell; and Terrell’s fiancee, Kara Larson, were all loyal customers.

Test your ingenuity at Escape Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A new interactive entertainment concept is coming to downtown Champaign.

Escape Champaign, which will hold a soft opening Friday at 61 E. University Ave., is a real-life escape game designed for small groups of six to 10 people, says owner Roger Meyer of Potomac.

UPDATED: Dick's/Field & Stream aiming for October opening in mall

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CHAMPAIGN — Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream have begun hiring for their new stores at Market Place Mall.

Black Dog Update September 2015

An update on the downtown Champaign location of the Black Dog Smoke & Ale House.

Today's Special: Gibson City man waiting patiently

CHAMPAIGN — Dylan Yang grew up in Gibson City, and his father operated a restaurant there.

Now it's Yang's turn. He's the owner of Szechuan China, which he hopes to open Sept. 10 at 401 S. First St., C. That location was the site of two other restaurants, Minneci's and more recently Layalina.

It's Your Business: Vet plans to pedal to treat pets

Katie Fanning of Urbana is one veterinarian who doesn't mind making house calls.

And if you and your pet happen to live in Champaign-Urbana, don't be surprised if she pedals her bicycle to your home.

Fanning, 29, is launching Vet on Wheels, a mobile veterinary practice, on the day after Labor Day.

Fielding questions

The Champaign County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders hosted three speakers with expertise on everything from weather to aerial photography to longterm financial planning. Here's more courtesy staff writer Paul Wood:

1. Chance of early frost nothing to worry about