Today's Special: Recipe for succes at new Monticello bakery

MONTICELLO — A White Heath couple plans to open a bakery in downtown Monticello in October.

Jeff and Susie Ryan are calling the sweet shop Susie Lu's Cakes and Pastries.

"We intend to have a location on the downtown square," Susie Ryan said.

The shop will use locally sourced ingredients.

So long, and thanks for all the gyros

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in nearly 35 years, Matt Mortenson doesn't know what he'll be doing next week.

The longtime Zorba's owner sold the Campustown institution to Alex and Eleni Anastasiadis, and Mortenson's last day is today. The Anastasiadises take over Saturday.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

McDonald's U.S. sales climb; customer traffic still a focus

OAK BROOK (AP) — McDonald's says new Big Mac sizes helped boost a key sales figure in the U.S., but that it's still working on trying to attract more customers to its stores.

Today's Special: Korean restaurant owners expanding in Savoy

SAVOY — The owner of one business at Savoy Plaza is opening a traditional Korean barbecue restaurant on the other side of the shopping complex later this week.

Chulke Chang and his wife, Sang, have owned Star Karaoke at 1503 Lyndhurst Alley, next to Dairy Queen, for about 10 years.

Just Askin': Outdoor seating at Champaign restaurants

How many outdoor seats do restaurants have in Champaign?

Champaign bars and restaurants have over 1,300 outdoor seats, according to the city's planning and development department.

That's based only on their outdoor cafe permits, which are only for seating in public spaces, so they may have more outdoor seating on their own property.

Entertainment listings, April 13-20, 2017



What: Bring your basket and flashlight and join Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS to hunt for eggs filled with prizes. For ages 18 and older. Be on the lookout for the bronze, silver and gold eggs for a chance to win prize packages.

When: Register on-site, 7:15 to 8 p.m.; egg pursuit, 8:10 p.m. April 14.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 9, 2017

Did guitarist Adrian Belew win an Oscar?

I'm not sure whether he received an actual Oscar statuette because I couldn't contact him — he's on tour, heading to Europe. But the uber-guitarist who once lived in Urbana and once played with King Crimson scored the short animated Pixar film "Piper," which took the Oscar this year for best animated short film.

Today's Special: Seafood's the catch every day at Danville ex-pizzeria

DANVILLE — The former Monical's Pizza restaurant at 1511 N. Bowman Ave. in Danville is seeing new life as a seafood place.

Shark's Grill opened Wednesday in the converted pizza eatery.

Owned by Mohammad Allan, a former chef at the Firehouse Restaurant in Danville, the new restaurant offers a variety of fish.

Ex-restaurateur gets probation over false report

URBANA — A former Urbana restaurateur who filed a false police report claiming he received a racist threat has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Marvin Lacy, 71, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Church Street, Champaign, apparently made the claim in an attempt to drum up sympathetic customers for his failing business, police reports indicate.