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Dinner
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Some Twin City restaurants have not waited until the recommended end of June to reopen indoor dining.

Medici restaurant entrance
Facebook/Medici

Bar and restaurant owners in McLean County hope allowing outdoor seating will whet the appetites of customers hungry to return to their favorite eateries and watering holes.

Diners sitting outside
WGLT file photo

Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday he plans to allow bars and restaurants to offer outdoor seating as the state moves toward the next phase of reopening near the end of the month.

Tony Roma's in Bloomington.
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Editor's note: Hours after this story was published, former Tony Roma's front-of-house manager Mary Sigler said she was just notified that employees will be getting paid March 30.

Employees at Tony Roma’s restaurant in Bloomington say their bosses stiffed them out of their final paycheck, for hours worked before the business shut down.

The staff at Fort Jesse Cafe in Normal
Facebook / Fort Jesse Cafe

Bloomington-Normal’s restaurant workers need help.

That’s the message from Nick Birky, general manager at Fort Jesse Cafe, the popular breakfast and brunch spot in Normal. His entire staff of nearly 30 people is now out of work. (Fort Jesse Cafe opted not to offer curbside pickup for customer and staff health reasons.)

Council meeting
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The legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis remains such a hot-button issue that even a procedural step generated plenty of discussion at Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting.

Eric's Too Restaurant
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The Bloomington City Council voted Monday to send a west side restaurant’s request for a beer garden back to the liquor commission.

Original Steak n Shake location
McLean County Museum of History

Greg Snodgrass started at Steak ’n Shake as a bus boy in 1979 in Bloomington-Normal.