Silver Mine Subs, a sandwich-shop chain based in Colorado and launched by three former University of Illinois students, has two new locations in Champaign under development.
One will be at 905 S. Neil St., and the other will be in the UI campus area at 612 E. Daniel St.
Silver Mine Subs, which has been in business since 1996, sells both hot and cold subs in three sizes, along with soup, chili and party platters. The sandwich names, such as ?Pikes Peak or Bust,? hark back to the Old West frontier days. ?We deliver. That's a big part of our business,? says Brett Vogel, director of operations for the company and a UI biology graduate. His partners are John Langreck, a former UI engineering student, and Lance Jones, a UI graduate in business.
They currently have six company-owned shops in Colorado - in Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley - and one franchised location in Tucson, Ariz.
The two new shops in Champaign are set to open in mid-April. Neil Strack, the architect for the two shops in Champaign, said the facade of the Daniel Street shop will be brought back to natural brick.
Vogel said he and his partners would eventually like to open five locations in the Champaign-Urbana vicinity.
Restaurant coming to Tuscola
The former Liga's Steak and Pasta House in Tuscola will be reopened as a new restaurant later this month. It will be called Tuscany Steak and Pasta House, said one of the owners, Cazim ?Sonny? Asani of Clinton. He will run the new restaurant in partnership with Alex Elezi, also of Clinton.
Both men are relocating to Tuscola, Asani said.
The restaurant will feature a bit of everything, including Italian cuisine, steak, chicken and ribs, he said. He and Elezi are leasing and remodeling the restaurant, located on U.S. 36, and hope to have it open in about three weeks, Asani said.
Asani operated the Three Star Family Restaurant in Clinton for about seven years before selling the business. He said he and Elezi decided to open a new restaurant in Tuscola because they like the town and see it as a growing community.
Motorcycle shop at new location
Andrae's Harley-Davidson Sales & Service opens today at its new and larger location at 2010 N. Lincoln Ave., U.
The dealership, formerly at 1401 E. Main St., U, is now in a 22,500-square-foot building that is two-and-a-half times the size of its old one. The new location has an expanded selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, accessories, motor clothes and collectibles, said Lynn Simpson, daughter of and assistant to owner Sharon Andrae.
The service department at the new location is larger, Simpson said. The phone number and hours remain the same.
Home care agency opens
Right at Home, a national home care agency, has opened a new office in Danville to serve that community along with Champaign-Urbana and parts of Indiana.
Right at Home, based in Omaha, Neb., provides in-home care and assistance to senior citizens and other adults in need of some independent living assistance. Services include light housework, meal preparation, medication reminders, errand-running, transportation and companionship.
Services are offered on both a short-term and long-term basis and can range from just a few hours a week to around-the-clock companionship, the company said. For information, call 709-0160.
Local Schnucks hours same
St. Louis-based Schnucks Markets is cutting back hours at a small group of its stores, but 24-hour service will continue at the Champaign and Urbana Schnucks stores.
The company is changing hours at 19 of its 102 stores so that they'll now close between midnight and 6 a.m.
Schnucks spokeswoman Lori Willis said the company monitors customer visits at all its stores, and most of the business done at the 19 affected stores is during daytime hours.
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