Weinermobile schedules Champaign stop

CHAMPAIGN — The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will visit Champaign on Thursday, stopping at the County Market store at 2901 W. Kirby Ave., C, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oscar Mayer has been using the giant hot dog on wheels as a promotional attraction since 1936.

The Wienermobile has gone through many redesigns — and even a retirement — since then.

Paxton weighs loan to help eatery expand

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.

Tequila bar set for Carmon's old space

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.

Waffles no longer available on street

CHAMPAIGN — It was a good run, said Crave Truck owner Zach Ware, but his notoriously red "street waffle" food truck will be making only one more appearance before it's permanently garaged.

Group leasing lot for community garden

URBANA — Apartment living hasn't stopped Robin Arbiter and many of her neighbors lacking a yard from growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in the tiny spaces outside their windows.

"The impulse to grow gardens and flowers is very visible in the neighborhood," she says.

Carmon's to close Aug. 26

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.

Restaurant slates opening for Friday

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.

Blues, Brews & BBQ 2012

The Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival in downtown Champaign on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Groups say Asian carp could help solve hunger in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Asian carp might get a bad rap as an invasive species of fish in Illinois.

But several Illinois organizations want to get the word out that silver Asian carp — sometimes called silverfin — works well for dinner.

Food-truck program gets 9 more months

CHAMPAIGN — Mobile food trucks could be a common sight in the downtown and Campustown areas at least until next summer.

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