CHAMPAIGN — The family behind the Sitara Indian Restaurant in Urbana is opening a new Indian restaurant in downtown Champaign.
Two immigrants from Nepal — Ujjwal Ghimire and his mother, Meena — have leased the former Escobar's restaurant building at 6 E. Columbia Ave., and are converting it into Kohinoor Indian Restaurant and Lounge.
CHAMPAIGN — There's dust, exposed steel beams and loud machines cutting wood and screwing in nails.
But the folks behind Hamilton Walker's, a soon-to-be steakhouse downtown, remain hellbent on opening before the end of the year. No matter that the front of the restaurant is barricaded with construction fencing and the sidewalk has yet to be poured.
LEROY — The partners behind LeRoy's new restaurant have a vision that's as bold as the flavors they aim to put on the plates of their customers.
"I want to be the best chef in the world," said Ken Myszka, one of three partners in the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, which last month opened the Old Bank Restaurant and Bar at 201 E. Center St.
Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 26-year-old Champaign resident Beckie Kane, the marketing and private event director at Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.
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URBANA — A husband and wife who have operated a Thai restaurant on campus for six years have launched a second eatery on Urbana's north side.
Tommy Chanthaluxay of Urbana and his wife Vilayphone Keodara opened Bangkok Thai Restaurant in the former Uncle Martin's Sports Bar building at 1104 N. Cunningham Ave.
The eatery has eight employees.