Strawberry Fields

 Mohammed AL-Heeti knew everyone was sad about Strawberry Fields closing.


“I remember many years ago when I came here from Iraq, we went there. Many were upset. They weren’t making money,” he said. “July 2014 we started visiting then. The concept of us buying Strawberry Fields was an idea.”


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The Champaign Farmer’s Market
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Pekara-simple and clean!

      The word Pekara literally means bakery in the Serbian language.
      Plus, it’s actually pronounced: Peck-uh-rah in Serbian.
      No matter how it’s pronounced Ruzica “Seka” Cuk cares that the products at Pekara are simple, clean, real and delicious.
      Seka is the owner of Pekara Bakery & Bistro, located at 116 North Neil Street in the heart of Champaign for ten years. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sakanaya is a Japanese restaurant in Campustown that offers something different from the many fast-food options.

Owner Jin Park said he had long wanted to open a restaurant in Champaign when he met Tommy Lim, who is now Sakanaya’s chef. The two opened the higher-end sushi and ramen restaurant in November 2013.

“Everything is cafeteria-style (in Campustown),” Park said. “I wanted to give a better dining experience to students.”

The appearance of the restaurant at 403 E. Green St. stands out as well, with a wood-paneled exterior and a modern industrial feel inside.