Category: Photo

A few old photos of the Thunderbird Theatre, that’s all

If you're unfamiliar with what the Thunderbird Theatre was, it exists where the Canopy Club now lives and has lived since 1998. Read that link to learn more about the history, dating back to Ray Timpone owning and opening the joint in 1966.

Seeing as how I have only been around Champaign-Urbana for the past decade, seeing throwbacks like this amuse me a great deal. So, for now, this is the one I'm talking about, straight from Champaign Urbana History.


Columbia Street Roastery has a new batch of seasonal flavors

I know there are all sorts of wonderful single-origin and special blends going on at Columbia Street, but I am sucker for their multitude of flavored coffees. I have a few old stand-bys (mmm...Bourbon Pecan Torte) but when the seasons change I'm all in for whatever seasonal specialties they have. Here's what you can find this Valentine's season. The Cupid's Caramel Crunch lasted less than a week in my house.


You must get Kohinoor’s thali for lunch

Have you been to Kohinoor for lunch recently? I usually go for dinner, but I met a friend for lunch not too long ago, and on her suggestion, ordered the thali. Thali is a selection of items served on one large platter. 

Kohinoor has four options: vegetarian ($9), special vegetarian ($10), non-vegetarian ($10), and special non-vegetarian ($11). You get a ton of food for the price, and if you're a "light" eater, you could share a platter with another person. I am not a light eater, and I ate it all by myself, though I was uncomfortably full after. (We reap what we sow, eh?)

Pictured is the special vegetarian thali. It was delicious. I think about it regularly, and am going to start incorporating it into my regular eating schedule. 

6 E Columbia St
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday


Fleurish offering free parking for Valentine pick ups

February 13th and 14th, the meters outside Fleurish on Taylor Street will be bagged, meaning free parking while you dash in to pick up those flowers you ordered for your person (or while you frantically grab something at the last minute 'cause you forgot). I mean, there's even a handpainted traffic cone to make it all official.

Plus check out some of the unique stuff they have to offer, if you're looking for something beyond a dozen roses, though I'm sure they can hook you up with that too.


New round of MTD ART unveiled

40 North has announced the next round of winning artwork to be featured on MTD buses for the next three months: 

Top left: Melissa Mitchell, Improved [But Not New] (digital photograph); top right: Sara Jahn, Seckel Pears (oil on panel); bottom left: Lara Orr, Earth Scape (blockprint fabric, water based textile ink); bottom right: Erica Stark, Phases (woodcut print).

The artwork will be displayed on all MTD buses and in the Illinois Terminal until April 30th. MTD ART is a collaboration between 40 North, C-U MTD, and Dixon Graphics.


Watson’s celebrating two year anniversary this weekend

It's been two years since Watson's Shack & Rail appeared on the downtown scene to grace us with their delicious fried chicken presence. In honor of the occasion, you can enjoy $2 off all sandwiches and slushies all day Saturday, February 3rd. I am a fan of the Kentucky Bourbon slushie in particular, and seriously...look at that sandwich. If you're out late, there will be live music after 11p.m. Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for more details. Oh, and be sure to check out our most recent review of their Restaurant Week offerings.