Just Askin': Oberweis Dairy

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Is Oberweis still planning to open this summer?

Oberweis Dairy announced in December that it would be opening a store this summer on South Neil Street in the former Atlanta Bread Company location.

New England's cod catch in nosedive

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The cod isn't so sacred in New England anymore.

The fish-and-chips staple was once a critical piece of New England's fishing industry, but catch is plummeting to all-time lows in the region.

Owner of World Harvest, Strawberry Fields merging his markets

URBANA — Two familiar local brands will move into one space next month, when World Harvest becomes Strawberry Fields' next-door neighbor at 306 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana.

Today's Special: Pair helping increase C-U's kosher options

CHAMPAIGN — One local restaurant began offering certified kosher food this weekend, and a second eatery is expected to follow suit next month.

A UI Jewish educator from the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative, Rabbanit Ahava Schachter-Zarembski, and her husband, Rabbi Shlomo Schachter, have been working with the Illini Hillel to create kosher dining options in Champaign-Urbana

Mahomet Taffies closes

MAHOMET  -- Sandy Jones arrived early Saturday, to meet a friend at Taffies Cafe at 12:30 p.m., but it didn't matter. A sign on the door said only "Closed for business."

The restaurant on Mahomet’s Main Street had opened in December 2015 in its current location.

Its phone number was disconnected, and the owners did not return a call Saturday.

On YWCA award-winner's menu: Helping others

URBANA — When Kelly Jo Lamb spotted kids' gloves and hats at a big-box store for 50 cents each, she bought 80 of them.

She's got them stashed away for children who are going to need them next winter, and at such a low price she'll probably go buy some more.

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Just Askin': Last call in C-U

Champaign and Urbana cut off alcohol sales at bars and restaurants at 2 a.m. Have they considered moving that later as is the case in area villages like Westville (3 a.m.)?

Champaign hasn't, city spokesman Jeff Hamilton said, "at least not in recent memory." Neither has Urbana, Mayor Laurel Prussing said, at least as long as she's been mayor, since 2005.

Today's Special: Cottage Inn Pizza setting sights on Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A Michigan-based pizza chain is looking to open shop in Champaign.

Cottage Inn Pizza said it will have 10 additional restaurants in the Midwest either open or in development by the end of 2017 and is looking to grow into Champaign.

A location and an opening date have yet to be announced. The company is reviewing qualified franchisee inquiries.