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.