Carrie Hennigh and Linda Carico — Rantoul natives both — signed the papers Monday morning to buy the popular restaurant located at 400 N. Century Blvd. from Tony and Ashley Grilo of Thomasboro.

In response to the “challenging labor market as well as evolving customer shopping patterns,” Schnucks announced that nearly all of its stores — including ones in Champaign, Mahomet, Savoy and Urbana — will be operating from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting next week, clipping an hour off their current closing times.

Lots of music this week, from the Pygmalion festival to the Marching Illini to the Bob Dylan/Carl Perkins song, "Champaign, Illinois." Also, will The Ribeye ever open again?

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Topics include the number of UI students actually on campus this fall, Broadway shows at the SFC, more fast food in Campustown, labor shortages affect UI football games, construction on University Avenue, another movie starlet from central Illinois and the unusual color of Urbana fire trucks.

The UI campus’ new flagship dining hall seats up to 1,385 eaters at its nine themed “micro-restaurants” — from demonstration kitchen Table 1867 (named for the year the university was founded) to the eastern hemisphere appeal of Fusion 48 (the same number of Asian countries in the United Nations).

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The uncertainty surrounding the future of The Ribeye has loyal customers clamoring — by phone and in person, at all hours of the day — for one last steak dinner before the kitchen lights are turned off.

Queries about a huge house in Champaign, security cameras on campus, a Champaign Police retirement, the Peacemaker Project 703, August humidity, another fast food place, a solar farm in Urbana, Littyville, the I-74/I-57 flyover, upcoming shredding events and that lovely lot on Van Doren Street in Champaign.

A new bar with a theme catering to dog lovers, Six Hound Saloon, will open in Champaign later this year or early next year.