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CHAMPAIGN — Kam's is set to reopen this evening at its new location in Campustown.
The popular Campustown bar announced Wednesday that it would open later today at 9 p.m. at the corner of First and Green streets.
"It was a real team effort, from my partners down to the architecture firm to Wells & Wells Construction," owner Scott Cochrane said. "It's a really solid product that's built to last a long time."
The bar had closed in October at its longtime location in the 600 block of Daniel Street to make way for an apartment/office/retail complex there.
All the buildings on that block have since been demolished.
The new location includes three bars in one building: Kam's, Stan’s and Second Chance.
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At the new Kam's location at the intersection of First St. and Green St., a massive "Block I" hangs above the bar featuring photos of customers who submitted them.
Sightlines to the televisions, manager Jason Reda said, were a major consideration when planning the layout of the new Kam's location at the intersection of First St. and Green St., a massive "Block I" hangs above the bar featuring photos of customers who submitted them.
Just like the previous location, the new Kam's features a small platform. The fluorescent signage intentionally can be read three ways "Home of Drinking," "The Illini," and "Home of the Drinking Illini."
Across the hall from Kam's is a bar called Stan's, which was the previous name of the Daniel St. building that housed Kam's for decades.
A piece of the bartop from the former Kam's location hangs upstairs at the new location, a separate bar called "Second Chance," which looks out onto a balcony that will be open most of the year.
The new bar upstairs of Kam's is called "Second Chance," and it honors campus bars that have closed with plaques.
The new bar upstairs of Kam's is called "Second Chance," honors bars of old with photos and signage.
On the wall upstairs at the new Kam's location is an engraving of "C.O. Daniels," the mascot of the bar that had the same name.