Darden Restaurants' shares rise on 3rd-quarter earnings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shares in Darden Restaurants jumped on Thursday after the company raised its outlook and posted earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street estimates.

The owner of Olive Garden and other chain restaurants reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $223.6 million, beating expectations and the $217.8 million in profits for the same quarter last year.

A Life Remembered | Businessman helped build pizzeria chain

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign businessman who influenced such things as regionally popular pizza, vintage aircraft, air conditioning and apartments, is being remembered for his likability, humility and philanthropy.

Charlie Nogle, 88, died at home early Saturday after a year of declining health.

Data breach at Papa Del's may have exposed customers' card info

CHAMPAIGN — A data breach at Papa Del's may have exposed customers' credit- and debit-card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

Customers who paid with a credit or debit card between May 9 and Sept. 30, 2018, at the Pizza Factory at 1201 S. Neil St., C, could be affected, said the restaurant known for its deep-dish pizza.

8 McDonald's in C-U sold to family members of Taylorville legislator

CHAMPAIGN — The longtime owners of most of the Champaign-Urbana McDonald's locations have sold their eight restaurants to family members of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.

Davis' brother Brad and father, Marty, who own the McDonald's locations in Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville and Vandalia, completed the sale Wednesday, according to now-former-co-owner Scott Miller.

El Rancho Grande opening second restaurant in Savoy

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SAVOY — A new Mexican restaurant is coming to Savoy.

El Rancho Grande plans to open its second location on Commerce Drive next to Industrial Donut near the Savoy Aldi.

Getting Personal: Ben Manns

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 37-year-old Ben Manns, co-owner of Bunny's Tavern in Urbana, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Manns grew up in Urbana, where he had a favorite educator during his time at Yankee Ridge Elementary.

Where are you from?

I was born at Carle Foundation Hospital and grew up in Champaign-Urbana.

Just Askin' | Moving Destihl's tanks

Q: How is Destihl going to move its large brewing tanks to its new location in southwest Champaign?

A: A truck should do the trick, brewmaster Matt Potts said.

"We will most likely just load them up and move them to the new location next year," he said.

Plant-based Impossible Burger sprouting up in multiple C-U restaurants

Since it was introduced in 2016, the Impossible Burger has made waves.

At least four local restaurants serve the plant-based hamburger, including both Black Dog restaurants, Dancing Dog Eatery in Urbana and D.P. Dough in Champaign.

At Black Dog, co-owner Mike Cochran said it still makes up a small percentage of sales because "we sell a lot of meat."

Farren's to move to old Radio Maria space in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Farren's Pub and Eatery is planning to move to the recently vacated Radio Maria space on Walnut Street in downtown Champaign.

The tapas restaurant closed in December, around the same time as fellow upscale restaurant Bacaro, leaving two high-profile vacancies on Walnut.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7, 2019


This weekend


What: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).