Thursday, May 1, 2008

R.I.P. Jillian's

The burger-centric posts will cease. I promise. We found out a few days ago that Jillian's in Champaign closed suddenly. Jillian's is a small sports bar chain with 15-20 locations nationwide, and has pool tables, sports on TV, beer, and yummy food.

We will miss the burgers. Jenny got the burger with pepperjack and bacon; I ordered pepperjack and a rotation of sauteed onions, mushrooms, and spicy cajun peppers. Those 1/2 lb. juicy grilled burgers (with two toppings of your choice!) were the only thing that was better about Chambana than anywhere else we have been. The best thing about Champaign Urbana is gone, rendering it just another midwestern town with tornadoes, earthquakes, and no Yuengling.

The bar area also had multiple big screen TVs, so on autumn Sundays one could watch every NFL football game at once. It was one of the hundreds of places nationwide where football fans clad in black and gold gathered on Sundays. We will have to find somewhere else to gather with the Steeler Nation.

It should not be a surprise that Jillian's closed, as the place was nearly empty when we went. I suppose that a good burger and Steelers football is lost on this particular town. R.I.P. Jillian's.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I never went there, but the burgers served at The Embassy in Urbana are no joke.