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On Mondays, Kathy Reiser posts to our Facebook and Instagram pages a photo of the building she spotlights in her weekly Now & Then feature that’s part of Kathy’s Mailbag.
While researching this week’s spot with the owners of Maize, she happened upon another story ahead of Wednesday’s and Thursday’s annual Day of the Dead celebration.
At their downtown Champaign location — Maize at the Station at 100 N. Chestnut St. — restaurant founders Armando Sandoval and Karina Benitez are paying tribute to lost loved ones with a front-entrance altar that incorporates “pictures, music, food and drink,” Sandoval said.
It’s the first time they’ve done it — with the hope that customers and community take part, too.
“We have always wanted to do something like this, and in the past two years, my wife and I have (lost) several important loved ones, and we wanted to do something in the restaurant,” Sandoval said. “We also wanted to have the community involved if they want to bring in pictures of their loved ones or to write their names on cards for them and place them in our altar.”
The restaurant’s weekday hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Also celebrating Day of the Dead: students at several area high schools. Our crew of correspondents have those inspiring details in Thursday’s High School Confidential special section.