Scott Cochrane said he hopes to open a new bar, the Tin Roof Tavern, at 604 N. Cunningham Ave., U, later this month.
That's the former location of Geo's Chill and Grill, Rumor's Bar and Grill and most recently Mug Shotz.
Cochrane said he envisions the place as a neighborhood bar where people can get a good hamburger, chicken sandwich or nachos.
He said he got the idea for the theme while driving through Tennessee and seeing a number of barns with tin roofs.
Part of the tavern will have a tin roof, and a covered beer garden is expected to have one too, he said.
Patrons can expect to see barn wood inside, with a barn door mounted above the pool table. The tavern is also expected to feature pictures of barns and tin roofs, he said.
As for furniture, Cochrane said he acquired some of the tables at auctions.
The tavern is expected to seat about 75 and be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week — provided it's granted a liquor license.
Cochrane said Tin Roof Tavern is expected to host karaoke and trivia contests.
On the opposite side of town, Cochrane said, he plans to convert The Office II, at 302 S. Country Fair Drive, C, into an Irish pub called The Donnybrook.
That conversion isn't expected to take place until summer, and The Office II will continue to operate as is until remodeling work begins.
Cochrane said he envisions The Donnybrook with nooks — intimate spaces that accommodate small groups of people — that are open to the bar.
The pub is expected to have "a dark wood ambience," said Cochrane, who said he's a partner with Carl Smith in The Office II.
More cheese, please
Cheese and Crackers — the cheese, meat and chocolate shop at Old Farm Shops in Champaign — has tried selling its wares at other locations.
During the holidays, the business had a kiosk at Market Place Mall in Champaign, and the shop continues to have a location in Cafe Zojo in The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana, according to owner Bart Basi.
The Market Place location focused solely on chocolate, while the Cafe Zojo location stocks sandwiches, chocolates and cheese plates.
The store at Old Farm opened in March 2010, with three employees — Basi, his wife Mindy and their son Roc. Today, the business employs eight.
Cheese and Crackers makes in-house chocolates, but also buys from six chocolatiers across the country, a release from the shop said.
The business offers more than 300 cheeses, 100 meats and hundreds of pieces of specialty chocolate, plus imported olive oil and pasta.
The website is http://www.mycheeseandcrackers.com .
Mas Amigos restaurant has made its move, opening last Monday at the former Cocina Real site at 1106 W. University Ave., U.
With the move, Mas Amigos vacated its former location at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C, where it had been since 2009.
Co-owner Teo Padron said having one location will help ensure quality service. The new place has three times the seating of the old place.
Besides having a new location, Mas Amigos has a new phone number: 344-6711.
Hair and there ...
Heads Up Hair Studio has opened at 2106 W. Springfield Ave., C — next to the Papa John's Pizza store.
The salon is owned by Beth Anne Myers, former manager of The Hair Cuttery salon near the University of Illinois campus. She is a graduate of the Concept School of Cosmetology in Champaign.
Myers will be joined by Emily Zahnle, also formerly of The Hair Cuttery.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling 369-2088. Walk-ins are welcome.
Also in west Champaign ...
LaBella Hair Studio opened at 2714 Clark Road, Suite C, in Champaign on Jan. 8.
Kelly Nolan, the stylist, offers hair services, including cuts, color, perms and deep conditioning, as well as facial waxing. She formerly worked at LookAfter Hair Co.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Nolan said walk-ins are welcome on weekdays, but Saturdays are by appointment only.
The phone number is 352-9402.
Glamour in Fisher
Dave Hinton of the Rantoul Press reports that photographer Laura Trovillionhas purchased a building at 200 W. Division St. in Fisher to house a new glamour studio for her photography business.
Trovillion also plans to use the building to host programs for women, such as beauty- and health-related classes and sessions on home repair and financial planning.
Laura Trovillion Photography, which Trovillion started 18 years ago in her home, will continue to shoot sports photos, homecoming and prom photos and high school senior photos. The firm's website is trovillionphoto.com.
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