Champaign Restauranteur Named to '40 Under 40' List

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CHAMPAIGN–A Champaign restauranteur has been named to Central Illinois Business Magazine's annual '40 Under 40' awards list. 

Mike Harden, owner of Caribbean Grill and CG Signature Events Catering, was awarded the designation. Harden, 32, started the Caribbean Grill concept in 2010 as a vendor at the annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana festival. Harden wanted to see if there was any local interest in the type of food he wanted to create. 

“The response was clear,” said Harden. “We could barely keep up with the lines the very first time we served Caribbean Grill's menu. We knew then that something special had been created.” 

Central Illinois Business Magazine publishes its annual list of 40 young professionals in the area who are considered leaders in their fields and in the community. 

“Being an entrepreneur, especially in food service, is extremely challenging work. It feels good to know that my efforts and the efforts of my team are being noticed. We have a very hard working group,” said Harden.

Caribbean Grill plans to expand with the launch of its food truck, which is scheduled a late summer debut.

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