Boomerangs Bar & Grill in East Urbana is for sale.
Co-owner Tom Grassman, also a local musician, still works in the music industry, but says he’s “moving on” as far as the bar and grill at 1309 E. Washington St. is concerned.
Business is doing well, and Glassman said he expects that if someone buys it, “it’s going to be in business for a long time.”
He and his wife Christy bought Boomerangs in 2011.
According to the sale listing from Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, the price is $625,000.
From the listing: “This established neighborhood bar and grill has been in business for decades and the current owners are considering their next business venture. Current ownership makes this business the live music scene in Urbana-Champaign Hot spot with specials including Wing Wednesday and Fish Fry Friday.”
it’s over, let’s go
Plans for a new Octapharma plasma collection center in Urbana have officially been scrapped, at least at the planned site of the former Save-A-Lot grocery building at 220 N. Broadway Ave.
The company withdrew its request for the special-use permit and its appeal of the decision by city zoning administrator Kevin Garcia, according to city planner Kat Trotter.
Last week, when asked about its future plans to establish a plasma center in the region, the company issued the following statement:
“Octapharma Plasma has been looking to expand into attractive communities such as Urbana, IL as demand for plasma increases. While we aspire to grow and be a part of certain communities, there are occasional circumstances that prevent us from doing so . We plan to continue scouting locations in the region and in other markets across the U.S.”
Octapharma director of facilities Kerry Clish told the Urbana City Council over the summer that the company plans to lease the former Save-A-Lot space for 10 years and plans to invest about $1.5 million in remodeling the space and another $1 million in furniture and equipment .
Savoy’s new doctor
OSF HealthCare has a new Primary Care Physician at its OSF Medical Group office located at 501 N. Dunlap Ave. in Savoy N. Dunlap Ave.
Dr. Karen Whitehorn received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of Chicago.
According to OSF, an appointment can be made with her by calling 217-560-6300.
Mistletoe Market, with more than 60 vendors, will open at two locations in Urbana-Champaign.
The market will be held at Lincoln Square in Urbana on December 12th from 10 am to 5 pm. 3 and Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Venue CU, 51 E. Main St., C. 18.
The market, organized by NORDEN German design studio and store, is working with Champagne Center Partners and 40 North to bring the event to the center of Champagne.
In addition to the merchandise sold at Champagne, there will be a carriage ride from noon to 4pm and Santa will be there from 2pm to 3pm
The event in Urbana will feature mulled wine, winter decorations and festive music to accompany curated merchandise by local artisans.
Kohl’s Goes Solar
The City of Champaign has awarded $400,000 in building permits for a rooftop solar system at a Kohl’s store in Champaign.
A year ago, the chain announced it would start a program to equip the roofs of 15 of its stores in Arizona and Illinois with solar arrays by 2022, bringing the total number of stores to 178.
The 15 new projects will increase Kohl’s installed solar capacity by 10.4% to 56.97 MW, the company said.
OSF HealthCare announced Wednesday that it will raise the minimum wage for its employees from $15 to $16 an hour starting Sunday, and to $18.08 an hour for employees in the Chicago metro area.
Along with minimum wage employees, other OSF employees will receive raises within eligible job categories, the Peoria-based system said.
OSF officials said the salary increase will allow the system to attract and retain workers and address staffing needs for key health care positions.
“OSF knows our mission partners have been through a lot throughout the pandemic over the past two years, compounded by mounting inflationary pressures,” said Shelley Nguyen, OSF’s chief human resources officer.
The wage increases are expected to have a positive economic impact of $13 million per year in the communities OSF serves.
Unemployment falls again
The unemployment rate in Illinois was 4.3% in October, down 0.5 percentage points from 4.8% in October 2021, the Illinois Employment Security Department said.
Regional county rate changes in October compared to the same month last year were as follows:
- Champaign County: Down 0.1 percentage point to 3.7%.
- Douglas County: Unchanged at 3%.
- Ford County: Down 0.1 percentage point to 3.4%.
- Piatt County: Unchanged at 3%.
- Zhuhong County: decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.1%.
The Champaign-Urbana metro area, which includes Champaign, Piatt and Ford counties, added 500 nonfarm jobs in October compared to October 2021, while The Danville/Vermillion County metro area added 800 jobs.