The owners of a new bingo hall in Decatur are hoping the latest technology and varied food options are a draw for area bingo players.

Galaxy Bingo Hall opened this month at 3645 East U.S. 36, next to the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum. Sessions start at 5:45 each evening, said Geralyn Schreiner, one of the partners in the new venture.

More sessions on the weekends could possibly be added, she said.

Each session is run by a different nonprofit organization, including school groups and community organizations such as the VFW and Lions Club, Schreiner said. The sessions tend to be a money-maker for the groups, she said.

“It can make a really big impact,” Schreiner said. “They’re all helping a good cause.”

Schreiner hopes customers will like the technology that has been installed inside the hall.

“We have hands-free blowers,” Schreiner said. “No one touches the balls at all. It’s completely automated with video verifiers.”

Electronic quick play games will be available outside of the normal session hours, she said. Schreiner is excited for the food options and having specialty drinks available to give it a coffeehouse feel. Call (217) 791-5150.

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A unique feature of the new Galaxy Bingo Hall is having food from Chef Tippy’s available.

Matthew Tipton, who also runs a restaurant in Sullivan, opened Chef Tippy’s Shooting Star Café as part of the revamped facility. Tipton said many of the items from Sullivan will be available in Decatur, but it won’t be the same menu.

“It’s another opportunity to get my food out there,” Tipton said.

Alcohol isn’t served at the bingo hall, which led Tipton to decide not to offer all of the steaks and other food found in Sullivan. The new cafe will be open for breakfast each day, along with lunch and dinner.

Patrons coming to play bingo can order food from the restaurant, giving them more options than they might typically expect to find at a bingo hall, Tipton said. Menus will be available on television screens in the restaurant, he said.

Tipton plans to run his catering offerings out of the Decatur location.

“It’s a cool atmosphere,” Tipton said. “Decatur is a more populated area. We can reach more people here.”

Breakfast options include horseshoes, flavored pancakes and fresh-baked Amish goods such as cinnamon rolls and muffins, Tipton said. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

The Shooting Star Café is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call (217) 791-5150.

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Studio T Fitness has opened at 109 W. Jefferson St. in Effingham and is offering more than 15 group fitness classes for a variety of ages, schedules and ability levels.

Examples include butts and guts, spin fusion, turbo kick, Jazzercise, yoga and Zumba. No membership or activation fee is required, so you pay only for the classes you take.

The owner is Tara Flaig, a licensed physical therapist, and hours are generally 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (217) 994-3376.

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Rojelio Rojas, a former cook at Mi Jalapeno in Forsyth and earlier at the former Rio Grande restaurant on East Pershing Road in Decatur, has opened his own Mexican eatery at 495 N. 22nd St. with his wife, Maria.

The building is a former Mister Donut and was most recently another Mexican restaurant until it closed in September.

Taqueria La Perlita is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and serves up a variety of authentic Mexican cuisine and soft drinks. Call (217) 330-8008.

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A fundraiser for the Macon County Assistance eXchange is being held Tuesday, July 23, at Decatur Monical’s Pizza locations.

Twenty percent of the check for customers dining in at Moncial’s that day and presenting a flier will be donated to the program.

For a flier, call Dove at (217) 428-6616, stop by 302 S. Union St. or visit or www.monicals and click “events.”

On Biz, published Fridays in the Herald & Review, highlights business developments. Contact Tony Reid at, Chris Lusvardi at, Theresa Churchill at or call them at 421-6979.

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