You Gotta Eat started in 1996. It was the brainchild of former News 25 photographer Don "Dubbs" Washburn. Dubbs covered Central Illinois news events for almost 40 years. During his tenure, Dubbs learned all the small town hot spots for a good lunch. It quickly became a popular station franchise. In fact, over the years, guest diners have included Congressman Ray LaHood, Former Bradley Men’s Basketball coach Jim Les, & ISU Football Coach Denver Johnson. After Dubbs' retirement in 2007, other newsroom photographers now jockey to become the eating partner of the week.
You Gotta Eat airs at 6 and 10 p.m. on Thursdays; and Friday's during News 25 at noon. And always on week.com.