KoFusion planning to move in to former PNC Bank by Nov. 1

KoFusion planning to move in to former PNC Bank by Nov. 1

CHAMPAIGN — Workers from Earth Services have been busy tearing down the drive-thru on the former PNC Bank this week in downtown Champaign.

It won't be needed once sushi restaurant KoFusion moves into the first floor of the 109-year-old building.

"We're taking what used to be the drive-thru and are just demolishing that entire section and expanding the parking lot," said Nigel Morgan, head chef at KoFusion. And "in the PNC parking lot, the small lane closest to the building, that is being demolished and will be KoFusion's patio."

KoFusion hopes to move from its current location in the One Main building to the former PNC bank building by Nov. 1, Morgan said.

"We're hoping to open there Nov. 1," he said. "It's like anything else: When there's this much involved in demolition and permits, you have a projected date, then the date that actually happens. But that's what we're targeting."

The restaurant plans to move in the last couple weeks of October, he said.

"We have the equipment ready to go," Morgan said. "Hopefully it will be a pretty smooth transition."

KoFusion will use the area of the first floor that was PNC's lobby, Morgan said, and the rear part of the floor is available for lease.

PNC set these moves in motion last year when it announced it would be moving its downtown branch to the Midtown Plaza development at 302 S. First St.

It sold the building for $2.73 million to a holding company managed by KoFusion owner Janet Bubin and completed its move in January.

The law firm Thomas, Mamer & Haughey will remain in the upper floors of the building, where it's been since 1946.

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