If anything is true about Champaign-Urbana, it is the transient nature of these twin cities. People-wise, the University is a pretty big part of that. Folks come here for a season then leave to pursue other opportunities.
It wasn't until we sat down to discuss the "things" that left C-U in the past decade that we realized how much this is the case for non-people entities as well. It's probably a phenomenon that happens in lots of communities this size, but it doesn't change how startling it is to see how many things are on this list: some that were fleeting, some that were rather established.
You, as readers, helped us come up with several of these, so thank you for that. You'll notice many, many, many restaurants...that's just part of the restaurant biz I suppose. We surely have not included everything, but I'm sure you'll tell us what we missed.
So, without further ado, farewell to the following...
- Champaign County Nursing Home
- Clybourne and Firehaus
- Connections Resale Store
- Cream and Flutter
- Das Café
- El Charro
- Emerald City
- Error Records
- Espresso Royale and Kam's (as we know it) and basically all of Sixth and Daniel
- Figure One
- Flying Machine Coffee
- Great Harvest Bread Company
- The Great Impasta
- Hammerhead Coffee
- The Highdive
- Independence of the News-Gazette
- Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine
- Jerry’s IGA
- Lacy’s BBQ
- Mas Amigos
- Salad Meister
- Second Story Pizza
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Seth Fein, Jessica Hammie, Julie McClure, and Patrick Singer contributed to this article.