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Don’t believe the rumors: Black Dog’s original Urbana location won’t reopen this September

The exterior of Black Dog Urbana on a sunny day with a bright blue sky. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Although Yelp claims Black Dog Urbana will reopeon on Friday, September 22nd, that’s not true. Check out what’s on

A screenshot of on August 17, 2023 of Black Dog Smoke & Ale House restaurant listing which reads that the restaurant is temporarily closed. Additionally it reads, "Scheduled to reopen on September 22, 2023." Screen grab by Alyssa Buckley.
Screenshot by Alyssa Buckley

I’d love to see Black Dog Urbana open in time for PYGMALION weekend, but Yelp has misinformation, and it will be changed.

At this time, there’s no official date for Black Dog Urbana’s reopening according to owner Mike Cochran, but the original Downtown Urbana location (which closed in 2020) will reopen — it just won’t be next month.

Black Dog barbecue burnt ends
Alyssa Buckley

In 2017, TimeOut New York named Black Dog one of the best 23 barbecue restaurants in the country. The business first opened the Urbana barbecue joint in February 2009, and in September 2015, Black Dog opened a second location in Downtown Champaign in the old train depot. The Champaign restaurant continues to be open for dine in and takeout.

When there’s an official reopening date for Black Dog Urbana, we will let you know right away. SP prides itself on publishing the most up-to-date goings-on about Food and Drink around Champaign-Urbana, and we’ll definitely share the big news when the time comes.

Black Dog Smoke & Ale
201 N Broadway Ave

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