Chillbilly by name and Chillbilly by nature, a long-anticipated Macon fast food restaurant is opening at 10 a.m. today in the midst of another Central Illinois Arctic freeze.
“We just figure if we open now it can only get better from here,” said owner Gary Mathias. “But we know the frozen stuff is probably not going to be the biggest seller right off the bat.”
The restaurant, just off U.S. 51 behind the P&V Quickstop gas station, has drawn lots of attention since it was built in 2011 because of its 18-foot-tall fiberglass frontman, “Chillbilly,” forever smiling at a 3-foot ice cream cone clutched in one hand.
But a series of delays and problems kept pushing back the planned opening date, said Mathias. He did much of the building work assisted by his grandson, 20-year-old Myles Mathias, but things got difficult when they needed expert help.
“I think the biggest delay we had was finding a plumber who would come out here to do the work we needed,” said Gary Mathias. “For some reason, that proved to be a lot more difficult than I expected.”
But everything is hooked up and ready to go now and Chillbilly's offers walk-up and drive-through service for burgers, fries, chili dogs, tenderloins, chicken sandwiches, ice cream, shakes and more.
The business has created 12 jobs and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Its address is 299 Merchant St.. Call (217) 764-5218.
The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce has moved its office location in downtown Decatur.
The Chamber is now located at 101 S. Main St., Suite 102 at the highly-visible intersection of Main and Main streets, President Mirinda Rothrock said. It will be looking to add signage and increase its visibility at the location, she said.
“We want to be easily found and recognized,” Rothrock said.
The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County office is located in the same building. The proximity will be make it easier for staff from both organizations to work together with the common goal of attracting and retaining businesses, she said.
The Chamber will have access to a conference room on the lower level of the building, Rothrock said. With the move completed, Rothrock said it is looking to continue serving the needs of its members with various ongoing programs and upcoming events.
An open house is being planned for visitors to see the new location, she said.
The Chamber is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Call (217) 422-2200.