Wedge closing March 25; cites competition from food trucks

Wedge closing March 25; cites competition from food trucks

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CHAMPAIGN — Downtown tequila bar and grill Wedge announced it will be closing before the end of the month, citing competition from food trucks.

"Things have changed dramatically downtown," said owner Victor Fuentes. "There's about three or four different Mexican-concept food trucks who are downtown often, and they're direct competitors. They don't serve liquor, but (food trucks) was one of the factors."

He said business has been "OK, but not as good as it was the first years."

Wedge opened in 2012 at 415 N. Neil St., C, in the space once occupied by Carmon's.

Fuentes runs several restaurants in the area, including the El Toro restaurants, V. Picasso and The WheelHouse.

Wedge’s last day will be Sunday, March 25. It has about 13 employees, Fuentes said.

Wedge had another location at the Village at the Crossing that opened in 2014 and closed in 2015.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on March 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

What will the giggling Mayor say about this since she was all about food trucks.

 

Congratulations

 

some guy/gal in a Chevy step van can put 13 people out of business.........................how much does that step van pay  in property taxes again?

Roanrider wrote on March 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Get real. Overpriced boring food and substandard service is why this place is closing. Maybe Miga will be next, as they are offering the same.

juandez wrote on March 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

oh please

if the place was any good people will go there.

rather than blaming the food trucks blame this place for not offering better than a food truck.

Bob from Champaign wrote on March 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Or maybe a Mexican restaurant on every other corner is more than this town needs?  

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on March 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

How much does a food truck pay in property taxes.  You know... the money that runs the city.

TheSaltyOne wrote on March 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

It wasn't their food that was the issue, it was their disappointing and poor service.  They had years to fix it.  I recall throughout my dozen or so visits during the lunch hour, one single time that I had good service.  And it was the one time the manager wasn't there (40's, brunette, sour look on her face).  She never smiled, never made you feel welcome, and never got you out of there in under an hour.  I really liked their chips & salsa and fish tacos., but I will not miss this place

Chambanacitizen wrote on March 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

If food trucks are to blame.. then what happened to the west Champaign location? Food trucks aren't out there.
Take a look at your mediocre food and high prices. Be open later.
Good food and service will draw people always.

KlaatuSansGort wrote on March 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm

A food truck, christened "Wedgy," might be a first step toward recovering.

champaignfoody wrote on March 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm

The fact that Food Trucks was even mentioned is ridiculous. Most food trucks dont even 

operate much in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. and when the do they are only there for a few

hours at a time.