Online editor Mike Howie took this photo of workers tending to the roof of Black Dog near the tracks in downtown Champaign. The popular restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2015.
On Tuesday, online editor Mike Howie took this photo of workers tending to the roof of Black Dog, a popular restaurant which is expanding from its current operation in Urbana.
Earlier, we asked co-owner Mike Cochran when it would open.
"I'm ballparking here, but we'd like to be open by the middle of February," Cochran said at the time.
Super Bowl? Valentine's Day? Presidents Day? Why then?
"We opened the first Black Dog on Feb. 18, 2009," Cochran said. "That's worked well for us. Let's do it again."
Opening a second Black Dog in downtown Champaign has its perks, Cochran said.
Parking (40-50 daytime spaces, more at night) is a plus. "Right outside our front door," Cochran said. "That's unique in downtown Champaign. That was a tipping point."
The nightlife doesn't hurt, either. Cochran said Black Dog II might stay open past 11 p.m. on weekends to accommodate the late-night downtown crowd.