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Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. Head chef, Tony Costa, creates the eclectic dishes that suit the vibrant ambiance, such as his Coffee Crusted Filet and Green Curry Hot Pot.

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Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. David Spears and Sharon Owens studied sculpture and painting at the University of Illinois before opening Radio Maria 16 years ago in Downtown Champaign. David treated Radio Maria as one big sculpture project and constructed much of the place himself out of salvaged materials - the dining room tables are made from U of I Harker Hall doors and topped with ephemera from Sharon's collection; the bar handrail was an escalator handrail from Bergner's department store; and the red velvet bar front is made from Sidney Grade School's stage valence.

Aside from great food, Radio Maria also makes a great bar; 27 different beers are available out of David's patented "hydratapper" and glass vessels of infused alcohol are suspended along the wall. There's a reason Radio Maria has been voted Best First Date Restaurant for years.

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5:00pm - 2:00am
Tuesday - Friday
4:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday - Sunday
10:30am - 2:00am
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Radio Maria

Profile map address icon 11f0cd8aebea22e6f57dcb7b0690cddd49ebcf99c3db82a221d0a2bbc49f9202 119 N. Walnut Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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