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DECATUR – A decision has yet to be made on whether a Nelson Park restaurant will get a big grand opening before it shuts down for the winter.

A “soft, soft opening” for Ted's Taters at Overlook Adventure Mini Golf course in Nelson Park began Wednesday, with Decatur Park District Board commissioners discussing during their Wednesday afternoon meeting whether to promote an official “hard opening” before the end of the mini golf season or start next year.

Officials said they would continue to have discussions with Kendall Peterson, owner of Ted's Taters as well as CherryBerry, to see which direction would be preferable.

“We were going to do a big event, but with the mini golf season winding down, we're going to have to figure out something very soon,” park district Executive Director Bill Clevenger said.

In other business, Decatur Airport director Tim Wright filled the board in on the airport slowly coming back to normal after a fire at a Chicago-area Federal Aviation Administration facility last week caused thousands of flights to be canceled, including those from Decatur to Chicago.

Wright said the Air Choice One's daily flights to St. Louis have continued uninterrupted, while about 80 percent of flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are back online. He expects that number to improve in the coming weeks.

Nearly 4,200 flights have been canceled since Friday morning at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, according, according to flight tracking site

While Wednesday's meeting featured little official action and wrapped up in a brisk 20 minutes, the next meeting will see the board preparing to discuss issues such as fees and tax levies for the coming fiscal year.

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Macon County Reporter

Macon County reporter for the Herald & Review.

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