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Downtown Nutrition, a new health food restaurant, is opening in Urbana later this month. CONTRIBUTED
Downtown Nutrition, a new health food restaurant, is opening in Urbana later this month. CONTRIBUTED

A new health food restaurant is coming to Urbana.

Downtown Nutrition will be located at 221 N. Main St. and is scheduled to open later this month.

“It was time to move back home to be with family,” Owner/Operators Mike and Sammie Ropp said of deciding to open the shop in Urbana.

The city is a big part of the couple’s story, Sammie Ropp said.

“I grew up in a tiny town outside of Springfield called South Charleston and he grew up in a tiny town outside Urbana called West Liberty, so this was kind of the middle ground,” said said.

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Downtown Nutrition is a health food shop that will offer energizing teas, healthy meal shakes, donut holes and more.

“We have a one of a kind atmosphere, and the best tasting shakes and energizing teas around,” Sammie said.

The stop will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting for the restaurant’s grand opening at their projected opening date of Jan. 25.

“Here at the Chamber, we feel Downtown Nutrition is a great addition to our community because we have nothing like it,” said Chamber Coordinator Rachel Casey. “It’s new and fresh, and a great way to start a new year with healthy options.”

The Ropps are excited to open and serve the community and encourages potential customers to check the shop’s Facebook page for updates.

“We are here to show people the good in the world and that what they do matters. We are on the same mission to grow and support this amazing community,” Sammie Ropp said. “This community is looking to grow and make their city better and we want to be a part of that.”