Milo's in Urbana closing at end of February after 20-year run

Milo's in Urbana closing at end of February after 20-year run

URBANA — Family restaurant Milo's is closing next month.

The restaurant, which recently celebrated 20 years in business, announced Thursday that its last day will be Feb. 25.

"We would like to thank all of our loyal customers, dedicated staff and suppliers for their years of support and service," owners Jane Anderson and Obdulio Escobar said in a release. "It's been a great ride, and it's time for a new adventure."

Milo's first opened in downtown Urbana in 1997, before moving in 2008 to The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana. It has about 19 employees.

Escobar also owned former downtown Champaign restaurant Escobar's, which closed in 2016. It has been replaced by Kohinoor Indian Restaurant and Lounge.

In their announcement about Milo's, Escobar and Anderson said they will continue accepting Milo's gift certificates until it closes but will no longer be accepting Escobar's gift certificates.

Before moving to the area, Anderson ran a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and said that after more than 30 years in the restaurant business, it was time for something less stressful.

"I love working here: the customers, the staff, presenting a nice product," she said. "But the business part is a constant worry. And as you get older, that worry is something you don't need so much."

She also said Milo's lease was up, and they decided not to renew.

"We're at the end of our lease, and the landlord found a new tenant and asked if we'd be willing to leave early," Anderson said. "We said 'Yeah.'"

As for what's next, Anderson hasn't decided.

"It won't be in the restaurant business," she said. "Something that's only 40 hours a week would be nice."

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Reykjavik wrote on January 25, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Milos was a special place at both locations.  An interesting and sophisticated menu, priced well, nicely prepared, and offered by staff that somehow projected very individualist styles.  Very Urbana.