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R Bar & Grille, a restaurant at 157 W. Main St., will officially open for business on Dec. 1. 

Owner Randy West described R Bar & Grille as a "modern day steakhouse" that will feature live music and a menu featuring some of he and his head chef's favorite foods to eat and prepare.

West said the restaurant's menu will contain a variety of specialty items, and will be categorized by "land, sea and air." The "land" category will include entrees like steak and hamburgers, "sea" will feature seafood orders like the signature sea crab sandwich and "air" will feature chicken and other poultry-based entrees. 

"I can't wait for people to come through the door, walk in and just say 'wow,'  said West, adding the doors might open before the Dec. 1. 

R Bar & Grille will be the first restaurant opened by West, a retired architect who served as vice-president of BLDD Architects. After the death of wife last year, West said their son encouraged him to follow his passion and open a restaurant of his own. 

"He knows I watch Food Network," West said. "I've learned so much from watching that network."

The restaurant's future location was one of several downtown buildings that Main Place Properties began redeveloping for commercial and residential use in April.

Looking forward to the opening, West said he's excited for his restaurant to become one of the many positive experiences that downtown Decatur has to offer. 


Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth will soon be without a book store.

Wisconsin-based Book World is closing all of its 45 stores in seven states, citing a shift in consumer preference to online shopping.

“The national shift in the retail marketplace towards e-commerce has triggered the loss of vital mall anchor stores and a downward spiral in customer counts at Book World stores, reducing sales to a level that will no longer sustain business operations,” said Mark Dupont, the company's senior vice president.

Dupont said 325 employees will lose their jobs as a result.

Book World opened in the mall in 2012, filling the space vacated by Waldenbooks.

The book retailer began liquidation sales on Thursday, offering deep discounts on books, toys, games, puzzles, magazines, calendars, trading cards, gifts, and all other merchandise. Dupont said the company timed the closures and liquidation to coincide with the holiday shopping season.

Sales will continue until all inventory is sold. Dupont expects that process to be complete by January.

The company has stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and North Dakota.

The company is headquartered in Appleton, about 30 miles southwest of Green Bay. It is the foruth largest book store chain in the United States.


The days are getting shorter and colder, but that doesn't mean the we are out of the woods when it comes to yard work just yet.

The folks at Sure Sharp are there to help with an expanded line-up of equipment at a new location at 2901 N. Woodford St. in Decatur. The building is the former home of Bendsen Signs, which moved a couple blocks down the road to 1506 East McBride Ave.

Co-Owner Robin Brown said the move from 3550 N. 27th St. has been a positive one, providing more visibility and a larger showroom and service area.

“I didn't know how busy the road (Woodford Avenue) was until we moved here,” she said.

Brands includes Stihl, Ferris Mowers, Echo, Shindawa, Bear Cat and Ariens/Gravely Mowers.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Check them out on Facebook or call (217) 877-5089.


Peddlers Point in Forsyth is looking to connect buyers and sellers.

The business, located at 350 South U.S. 51, is home to more than 25 vendors who sell a variety of items, including antique furniture, collectibles, arts, crafts and much more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday.

Peddlers Point shares a building with Connie's Country Greenhouse.

Connie Burgett owns the building with Greg and Elliott Burgett.

She said they decided to open Peddlers Point to take advantage of all the available space the building offers. Burgett said there is space for up to 45 vendors. Those interested in booth space can call (217) 875-7355.

For a sampling of what is offered, check out its Facebook page.

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 or call (217)421-7976. Jaylyn Cook contributed to this column.


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