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East Peoria Popeyes temporarily closed by health department

EAST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- The Tazewell County Health Department has temporarily closed the Popeyes in East Peoria. The sign posted at the entrance to the restaurant on North Main Street declares Popeyes cannot open again until it receives written approval from the director of environmental health. Cleanup...
EAST PEORIA, IL
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Bar of the Week: Merna Tap filled with history, character

NORMAL — Merna Tap, a full-service bar at 15989 N. 2300 East Road in Normal, is this week's pick for Bar of the Week. Merna Tap is owned by Katie Shott, who bought the bar in October 2019. Shott, originally from Normal, lived in Arizona for 12 years, but has been back in the area for about five years now. The bar was previously owned by Larry Kelly and has been around for a long time, but no one knows exactly how long it has been around.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Medici to host Oktoberfest in Uptown next weekend

Munich Oktoberfest 2021 has been cancelled, but one restaurant is making sure there is still a way to celebrate in Normal. Medici in Normal, located right off College Avenue on North Street, will host Oktoberfest on Sept. 18 from 2 to 10 p.m. The festival originated on Oct. 12, 1810,...
NORMAL, IL
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Pizza Hut returns to Logan County with truck stop express location

The Pizza Hut brand has returned to Logan County almost a year-to-the-date after shuttering its red roof in Lincoln. A Pizza Hut Express opened Aug. 27 in the new Shell Truck Station in Atlanta. The take-out only format currently offers a variety of personal pizzas, pastas and cheese and cinnamon...
LOGAN COUNTY, IL
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Restaurant of the Week: Jason's Deli in Normal

NORMAL — Jason's Deli at 321 S. Veterans Parkway is this week's pick for restaurant of the week. Jason's Deli is a privately owned company started by Joe Tortorice in 1976 in Beaumont, Texas. The Normal location opened in 2014 and there are more than 254 stores across the country.
NORMAL, IL
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Uptown Normal's Pub II, more than a college bar

NORMAL — Pub II, 102 N. Linden St. in uptown Normal, is this week's pick for bar of the week. Pub II is a full-service bar and restaurant established in 1974 and currently owned by Barb Rokos. Her son Lucus Rokos is the general manager, and his father is the one who started the pub. The pub is known for its "world famous" cheeseballs and "one-of-a-kind" atmosphere.
NORMAL, IL
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5 questions with Scott Miller, Bloomington Jersey Mike's franchise owner

Each week The Pantagraph profiles a different community member. Know someone we should talk to? Email kheather@pantagraph.com. Position: Bloomington Jersey Mike's franchise owner. The New Jersey-based sandwich shop opened its first Bloomington location Wednesday. 1. Where are you from and why did you want to bring this restaurant to Bloomington?
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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The Forge Steakhouse closes in Morton

MORTON, Ill. — A Morton restaurant closed its doors for good on Tuesday. The owners of The Forge Steakhouse announced on Facebook that they want to sell the business for nearly $180,000. In the post, the restaurant’s owners also expressed gratitude for the community’s continued support, and said they hope...
MORTON, IL
Peoria Journal Star

A Morton steakhouse announces it is closing its doors 'indefinitely'

MORTON — The Forge Steakhouse in Morton will be closing its doors "indefinitely," its owners announced Tuesday. The restaurant opened in 2019 at the site of the former Morton Blacksmith Shop at 25 E. Adams Street. In a Facebook post, the owners said their "lack of experience in this industry finally caught up with us," leading to the closure.
MORTON, IL
Central Illinois Proud

The Forge Steakhouse indefinitely closing in Morton

MORTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The Forge Steakhouse announced that it is indefinitely closing Tuesday. According to a Facebook post, the owners said they were grateful for all the support. “The local community support has been phenomenal, and we have enjoyed serving you and providing jobs for local adults and kids.”
MORTON, IL
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Restaurant of the Week: Pizza Payaa

BLOOMINGTON — Pizza Payaa bills itself as Bloomington-Normal's first and only New York-style pizzeria. The restaurant at 4 Currency Drive in Bloomington was created and is owned by Adam Elpayaa, who co-owns Windy City Wieners in downtown Bloomington and uptown Normal with Steve Marifjeren. Pizza Payaa opened in December, but started marketing by giving away free pizzas in March 2020.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Carius: Inside the finest Indian sports bar in the Midwest

Owner Rakshith “Rocky” Reddy of B3 Bloom Bawarchi Indian Fusion Cuisine & Bar describes his recently opened $700,000 Indian sports bar with a mezzanine and a patio as the “finest Indian sports bar in the Midwest.”. Reddy purchased the Bloom Bawarchi restaurant, 503 N. Prospect Road, Bloomington, a year ago...
BLOOMINGTON, IL