DANVILLE — The Monical's Pizza restaurant on North Vermilion Street is undergoing an expansion of its parking lot, but an expansion of the dining room is also being considered, according to an official with the restaurant's corporate offices.
Brian Moline talks with Erin Lippitz about this Saturday's Parade of Lights in downtown Champaign and some of the other small business initiatives this holiday season.
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CHAMPAIGN — There's something strange about the streets of Campustown this week.
They're quiet. They're fairly empty. You can drive the speed limit without playing dodge-the-pedestrian.
With University of Illinois classes out until Dec. 2, most students left Friday for a week of holiday celebrating.
CHAMPAIGN — Stung by the county board's rejection of a color-coded placard system for food service outlets outside of Champaign-Urbana, the Champaign County Board of Health is encouraging businesses to comply with the system voluntarily.
CHAMPAIGN — Two of the three members of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District board want the agency to go ahead with a color-coded food service rating system on Jan. 1, even though restaurants, bars and food stores outside of Champaign-Urbana wouldn't be subject to the same regulation.
Effective Jan. 1, the Applebee's restaurant in north Champaign will operate under a different food sanitation ordinance than the Applebee's in Savoy, at least as of now.
Food service establishments and retail food stores in Champaign-Urbana will be subject to a color-coded inspection placard system, while similar businesses in Champaign County but outside the cities will not.
URBANA — Champaign County Board members Tuesday night voted down a plan to begin a color-coded food service inspection program in unincorporated parts of the county on Jan. 1.
But the vote doesn't appear to effect food service businesses within Champaign-Urbana because the three-member Champaign-Urbana Public Health District board voted Tuesday afternoon to approve the program.
URBANA — A new system for color-coded food-service inspection placards goes before the Champaign County Board for approval tonight.
The former Mas Amigos building in Champaign is now home to a restaurant serving Middle Eastern food.
Layalina Mediterranean Grill opened Nov. 1 at 40 E. Springfield Ave., C.
The restaurant's owner, Hamada Saleh, wanted to bring an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant to town, according to Munther Jawad, who works there.
Jin Park is bringing two innovative concepts to Champaign — a Japanese restaurant that will open soon in Campustown and a restaurant/bar/karaoke lounge destined for downtown Champaign.
Sakanaya, the Japanese restaurant, is expected to open to the general public Nov. 8 at 403 E. Green St., C, Park said. He plans to host some invitation-only gatherings there before then.