Downtown Champaign restaurant closes

Downtown Champaign restaurant closes

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Gould, a steak and seafood restaurant in downtown Champaign for 6 1/2 years, has closed permanently.

The restaurant debuted in 2005, anchoring the southwest corner of the ground floor of One Main, a five-story development at Main and Neil Streets.

Its last day was last Friday.

"We are looking for a replacement restaurant tenant," said Dave Jones, chief financial officer for One Main Development. "We'd like to see a restaurant in there for the kind of traffic it generates," however retail would be an "acceptable" use of the space, he said. It could also be divided depending on the tenant's needs, he said.

Jones declined to comment on the reason for the closure.

"I think the restaurant has been in a state of wind-down for about the last six months," Jones said.

Cody Sokolski with Champaign Downtown Restaurant Association, the partnership that owns Jim Gould restaurant, declined comment. Sokolski also is developer of the One Main and M2 commercial and residential buildings in downtown Champaign.


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CJ Williams wrote on December 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Maybe CM Dodds can have some City money thrown that way.

787 wrote on December 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Just some more of that "hope and change" that folks apparently wanted.  More people standing in the unemployment line.

whatsinitforme wrote on December 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

Hope and Change got Osama, doubled the stock market, reformed healthcare and stopped the wealthy tax cut/deregulation depression of fall 2008. Feudalism seeking billionaires and their puppets, the tea party wants to return America to the depression. Obama 2012!

ddf1972 wrote on December 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

While I no longer live in the area, I went to JG a number of times before I moved.  There are just too many good (at least) dining choices in the area for anyplace that doesn't have a compelling product at an appropriate price.  Dinner was mostly disappointing, with steaks overpriced for the quality.  The bright spot was brunch, which I thought was one of the best ones in the area.  I can't imagine what the build-out of that space cost, as well.

johnny wrote on December 29, 2011 at 3:12 am

I agree about the brunch, or breakfast, which apparently was the first thing to go.

kiel wrote on December 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

Agreed about the portions. Hadn't been there for 2 years, since receiving a piece of fish about the size of a credit card for $23.

Alternatively, it could be the president's fault. (Sheesh, what an idiotic comment that one was...)

natebaux wrote on December 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

its a multi-dimensional problem. our current monetary policy of creating money out of nothing only increases the money supply while decreasing the dollars value making us pay more for the things that we need, contribute to tax regulations that can only service the debt without ever paying it off. these taxes are hostile to the business enviornment which prevents the creation of sustainable living wage jobs while at the same time forcing current jobs out of the country to areas that companies find more hospitable.

if people dont have money to spend on extra things, those stores will close. now its not fair or concievable to blame the president for one business closing, but when there are hundreds of stores, factories, and resturaunts closing across the nation, then perhaps its time to rethink the possibilities.

787 wrote on December 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Yeah, Kiel... idiotic...

There's no relationship between a recession that has lasted over three years, and a restaurant going out of business.  

What is one of the first things that people cut back on when money is tight, gas is well over $3.00 a gallon, and prices are going up across the board?  People will cut back on eating out, going to movies, and entertaining themselves.

Really idiotic...

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on January 01, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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Fine dining is rarely all-you-can-eat. That's why the clientele seems so much more bathed, so less sweaty.


Hometown Buffet caters to fans of XXXL t-shirts. I'm sure they have some kind of fish, right?

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on December 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

good riddence; plant a tree in its place then give all the taxpayers and displaced business owners their money back.

CUCU wrote on December 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Oh...that makes a lot of sense.  There's nothing like the closing of a restaurant to create money for taxpayers and displaced business owners.

Also...what displaced business owners?  There are lots of avaialble store fronts downtown.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on January 01, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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There was no open-bidding for the former city-owned parking lot which One Main acquired. "Sunshine laws" were ignored.  Other business owners protested. I assume that's what he meant.

ahowie wrote on December 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

This used to be one of my favorite resturaunts but I went twice in the last year and the food quality went waaaay down which is completely unacceptable for the price. The last time my husband and I went we recieved the worst service possible and vowed to never come back.


In the last year many great resturaunts have sprung up and JG didn't keep up with the competition. Isn't that what capitalism is all about? (person who blamed it on the president..)

sahuoy wrote on December 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

South West corner??? c'mon NG you're just begging to be outsourced. Any and all state newspapers called to CU for quality and integrity in reporting.


Mike wrote on December 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Confused by your comment. Are you saying it wasn't the southwest corner of One Main? 

They didn't say southwest corner of the intersection--they said southwest corner of the building (which I'm pretty sure is where it was, if my internal compass is correct...).

Or did you mean something else?

ddf1972 wrote on December 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

SW corner of the building is correct.  While the NG has had gaffes, this is not one of them.

parkmymeterelsewhere wrote on December 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Since the beginning of one main ground-breaking to the present there have been at least

25 businesses that collected sales tax or other revenue  directly misplaced by the congestion

from said development --so what horseblind sense are you making against denying this

travesty--uc; you see?