CHAMPAIGN — Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Champaign, now the oldest locale in the chain, is going to get a full new appear.
The restaurant will shut for three weeks for interior remodeling, commencing July 17, Controlling Companion Cassidy Hoke said.
The restaurant aims to reopen Aug. 6.
The revamp will alter the interior’s color palate and will include things like new tile flooring, lights and tables, Hoke mentioned.
The restrooms will be gutted and redone, and there will also be a new bar and carry-out pickup spot, she reported.
The undertaking also will incorporate elimination of a wall with a fireplace, as properly as the transformation of a non-public dining spot into a semi-non-public place, Hoke reported.
And a smaller sized spot for private get-togethers will have 1 massive new desk in its place of smaller tables pushed collectively.
The restaurant will close up with about the similar capability, but much more of the seating will be readily available in booths, she said.
“People seriously take pleasure in booths,” Hoke mentioned.
With new tables and chairs on the way, designs are to finish the use of table linens, she claimed.
The old furnishings is staying donated.
Although not a large amount will adjust in the kitchen area, Hoke explained the sum of do the job currently being finished would have made it impractical to stay open for carry-out throughout the development period.
The Champaign Biaggi’s at 2235 S. Neil St. opened in 1999, the 2nd spot in what is now a chain of 17 Biaggi’s places to eat.
The initial location to open up, also in 1999, was in Bloomington, but it moved to a new making at 3010 E. Empire St. in 2020.
Hoke explained the new seem of the Champaign Biaggi’s will be very similar to Bloomington’s.
Biaggi’s existing 17 destinations are in Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.