CHAMPAIGN — Neither Jimmy John Liautaud nor the president of the Jimmy John's sandwich chain would comment Thursday on a report the company will move its licensing division out of state.
RANTOUL — Paula Hopkins fears for the future of downtown Rantoul.
Victor Torres II and his family appear to be bullish on the downtown, however, and have recently purchased several properties there.
And village officials say they haven't forgotten downtown and are hopeful of giving it a shot in the arm.
Listed are permits issued recently for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.
Fifth Day Restaurants LLC, alteration for TGI Friday's restaurant at 103 W. Marketview Drive, $602,000.
CHAMPAIGN — A team of University of Illinois students and graduates launched a website last week that aims to introduce users to locally owned restaurants in Champaign-Urbana.
Users of Noshfolio — http://www.noshfolio.com — can select a restaurant by using filters to choose desired cuisines and sections of town.
PAXTON — Ever since Silvia Rodriguez and her husband, Nahum, bought Paxton's longest-operating restaurant several years ago, the need for more space in the small downtown cafe was apparent.
CHAMPAIGN — Victor and Ezequiel "Sammy" Fuentes plan to open a tequila bar and grill in the former Carmon's building in downtown Champaign.
"If everything goes well, it will open in about six weeks," Victor Fuentes said, adding he hopes to close on the purchase of the building at 415 N. Neil St., C, this week.
CHAMPAIGN — City officials say they are learning a lot from a fledgling food-truck program, and the city's newest mobile restaurant says it is enjoying the business.
CHAMPAIGN — Carmon's Bistro will close Aug. 26, with owner Thad Morrow saying he wants more time to spend with his young son.
Morrow said he'll continue to operate Bacaro, his other restaurant in downtown Champaign.
Plus, he said, he'll work with Jeff Mellander, owner of the building that houses Carmon's Bistro, to try to sell the business.
CHAMPAIGN — Area McDonald's owner Dwight Miller will be one of three people to receive the "Outstanding Business of the Year" award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce this month.
Miller is scheduled to receive the award Aug. 23 at the organization's statewide convention at the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino in East Peoria.
CHAMPAIGN — Ichiban Buffet, a restaurant serving a variety of cuisines, has slated its grand opening for Friday at the Schnucks plaza in Champaign.
The restaurant plans to include more than 120 items on its buffet, including Chinese, American and Japanese food, according to Johnny Wang, brother of restaurant manager Cindy Wang.