Krekel’s Custard in Champaign will close after close of business on Saturday, April 13, according to the night manager.
The business, known for its burgers, milkshakes and custard, opened June 2 in a building adjacent to Jarling’s Custard Cup on Kirby Avenue.
Cassidy Hayes, the night manager, wrote in a Facebook post, “As most of you know I’m the night manager at the krekels store in Champaign. I’m sad to announce that Saturday April 13th 2019 will be our last day open for business. We did not put all our time, money, and effort into the Champaign store due to litigation going on between two of the Decatur stores and the Champaign store. We deeply apologize for letting all of you down. We hoped it wouldn’t come down to this. Thank you all for being so supportive and patient with us. We appreciate each and every one of you.”
Krekel’s has locations in Springfield, Decatur (four), Macon, Pawnee and Mt. Zion. William Krekel started the business in 1949 and relatives have been involved in the business ever since.
Krekel’s is the latest Champaign-Urbana restaurant to close in recent months, joining V. Picasso, Radio Maria and Bacaro.