Putting new food on the table: Kankakee area spices up restaurant selection

By Jordan Lewis

Campus eatery options can quickly turn mundane for students who frequent these locations. However, eating options off campus are about to bring some popular new flavors to the community.

Bradley will soon have its own Panera Bread Company. Construction is planned to start at the end of this year, with the restaurant opening in February 2012, just in time to chase away the cold with a bowl of soup.

The restaurant will be located on the southeast corner of Route 50 and Larry Power Road. The Village of Bradley confirmed the location and said it will have a drive-thru.

Another new development to the Village of Bradley is the construction of an Olive Garden in the Bradley Square Commons, near Kohl’s and Wal-Mart. Construction for this Italian hotspot will begin this October, but an opening date has not yet been released.

Also coming to Bradley is Texas Road House, which will be located in the former Blockbuster building. Construction and opening dates have not yet been announced to the public, but the changes will begin within the year, according to the Village of Bradley.

Students are very excited about the new dining options around ONU.

“I can’t wait to have a new study spot,” senior Cambria Thomas said. “I love Panera and it’s the perfect place to cram for a test.”

Students are not only excited for the study possibilities but also for the food.

“Panera is somewhat healthy compared to Applebee’s and McDonald’s. So I’m happy,” senior Liz Campollo said.


  1. Can I just say that as a senior who has been looking for fun places to go out and more selection of places to eat, and more interesting things to do on campus, I feel that I have been dealt a cruel fate that as I am finally leaving what I consider to be one of the least interesting towns in America, every restaurant I like is popping up as well as a fancy new rec center. All I got were some new sidewalks, a taller clock tower, and a chapel with a big scary organ.


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