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Deputy night editor for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

Terrell Hess said he opened a restaurant because he has a natural ability to cook.

“I can just do it,” he said.

Hess is co-owner of Apollo Cafe along with Tony Cook.

The restaurant opened June 1 at 1104 N. Main St. in Decatur. The food has already gotten the restaurant some attention with its mild and spicy options, as well as the types of food. Menu items include the Apollo chili dog, Italian beef, loaded nachos, fried bologna and a wide variety of Apollo wings.

“The food is something you wouldn’t get at home or at a chain (restaurant),” Hess said.

The chefs at Apollo Cafe also are able to serve larger crowds. Catering is available for games and other events. They also deliver to businesses with more than a $15 order.

The restaurant could be hard to spot for a casual observer, as the front door faces south — the same direction as traffic is traveling, meaning potential customers need to look behind themselves to see the entrance. 

But Hess likes the placement of his restaurant. “It is right in the center of town,” he said. “And we have a lot of walking traffic.”

The owners created their menu to appeal to the foot traffic they often encounter. “The nachos and a hot dog, you can walk and eat those,” Hess said.

The restaurant's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Sundays. Call (217) 330-6562.

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The Taco Bell restaurant at 753 E. Pershing Road will be closed for the next few weeks to allow for a complete remodel, according to its franchise owner, Missouri Fiesta.

Decatur building permits show that the company plans to make $290,000 worth of improvements, including interior renovation of the kitchen and dining room, new bathrooms, new decor and exterior paint.

The store closed Sunday. There are two other local Taco Bell locations, 1991 S. Mount Zion Road in Decatur and 1400 Hickory Point Drive in Forsyth.

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The latest collaboration involving Millikin University in downtown Decatur will be on display during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Millikin and BLDD Architects have teamed up for an Idea-to-Incubator (i2i).

The second floor of 100 N. Merchant St. is where Millikin's students have been developing entrepreneurship ideas since spring. The space is shared by BLDD, and the students have built partnerships with local professionals.

"We have a vision to build a hub of innovation in downtown Decatur and Central Illinois," said Jessica Whitlock, BLDD director of marketing and associate, as well as a Millikin graduate. "Partnering with Millikin to host big thinkers with entrepreneurial spirits was a perfect fit."

Guests can take part in virtual reality demonstrations, participate in design problem solving with architects and designers at the Idea Bar and enjoy complimentary refreshments from local vendors, including Blue Brew Coffee, Decatur Brew Works, Del's Popcorn Shop and Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe.

The public is invited to attend.

Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at sperry@herald-review.com or call (217)421-7976. Donnette Beckett contributed to his column

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