Bloomington’s CJ’s Restaurant closed; future unknown

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Bloomington’s CJ’s Restaurant closed; future unknown

CJ’s Restaurant and Catering, which has known issues with unpaid rent and unpaid municipal taxes, has been closed for at least a week.

Last week, the Bloomington Liquor Commission suspended the restaurant’s liquor license for failure to pay municipal taxes. City officials say the restaurant owes approximately $5,000 in estimated municipal taxes, and the check for a recent renewal of the liquor license was returned for non-sufficient funds.

Goranitis is due in court April 25 for a status hearing on the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority’s attempt to take possession of the building located at 2901 E. Empire St. near the former Central Illinois Regional Airport. The restaurant owes a significant amount of money under the terms of its lease, said William Wetzel, an attorney for the airport authority.

I Guess all the gift cerificates sold by the pantagraph that are not cashed in are worthless. Thanks Mr Goranitis, scam artist.

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Bucceto’s takes over business; gives fresh look

A Commons restaurant known for its quirky pizza names such as the ‘bill, (formerly known as steve)’ is completing its own name transformation from a location formerly known as Puccini’s Smiling Teeth to Bucceto’s.

The former Puccini’s was closed for several days for an interior overhaul before re-opening March 30 as Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth. Bucceto’s is a familiar brand in the Bloomington, where there are two locations. The two brands are actually sister operations, but with different ownership.

The branding switch is accompanied by a change in operators. Paul Heilbrunn, who operates the two Bucceto’s in Bloomington, is now managing the Columbus restaurant.

Heilbrunn approached the Columbus Redevelopment Commission in October, seeking to take over the Puccini’s. That request was approved by the city, which owns the space.

Restaurant workers moved the facility’s signature red booths to the center of the restaurant during the closing as a two-toned grey paint now covers the former yellow walls of the former Puccini’s. The restaurant’s artwork, abstract depictions of forks, pizzas and more, will all remain, Heilbrunn said.

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IU Student to Open Rush Bowls in Indiana

A Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant chain has announced plans to open its first three restaurants in Indiana. Rush Bowls, which features meals-in-a-bowl using fresh fruit, granola and honey, has signed an agreement with Ethan White, a junior at Indiana University.

Rush Bowls names White as an investor and operator, and says he is looking to locate the stores in Bloomington and Indianapolis. The first store is slated to open in mid-2018. White is financing the restaurants using investment profits and his personal savings, with help from a small group of outside investors.

"I have a passion for health and wellness, and I see Rush Bowls as an opportunity to bring value to my community by introducing a premium health product, served in a vibrant atmosphere, by an energetic team who understand the importance of excellent service," said White. "I especially look forward to meeting the needs of people with dietary restrictions. Being someone that deals with restrictions myself, I have always appreciated restaurants that go out of their way to provide customers with what they need."

Rush Bowls announced its first franchisee-owned location in Nashville last year. The company has nearly 50 restaurants in development throughout the U.S. with plans to open more than 20 of them by the end of this year.

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Bloomington’s CJ’s Restaurant closed; future unknown
Apr 16th, 2018 13:52 UTC BLOOMINGTON ‘ The future of a long-time Bloomington restaurant on the city’s east side is unknown. CJ’s Restaurant and Catering, which has known issues with unpaid rent and unpaid municipal taxes has been closed for at least a week. ‘CJ’s will be

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