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Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene: Coffee and Donuts

Jul 27, 2017

Bloomington-Normal is known as an area where people like to dine out ... a lot. And that's inspiring a rash of entries into the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene.

GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Larry Carius, who writes about area restaurants for the well-known Facebook Page Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene, about some of those new restauranteurs.

Here's what you'll hear about in the interview:

  • The opening of the select-your-own toppings Donut Experiment at the Morrissey Crossing development (formerly called Brandtville) in south Bloomington.
  • A new Starbucks coming to Hyatt Place in Uptown Normal and what it will mean for local favorites like the Coffee Hound and Coffeehouse.
  • The Original Pancake House will be opening in a new building where the Wild Berries previously stood, near the Shoppes of College Hills.
  • The opening of Zen, featuring a sushi bowl line and Mongolian barbecue, in the former Pizza Hut building on North Main Street, near ISU's Alumni Center.

Carius also notes that a central Illinois favorite, the Bayern Stube in Gibson City, is for sale after 26 years. The owners are moving to Florida but hope to find someone to continue the tradition.

You can also listen to the full interview with Carius below:

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