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Looks like changes are happening at NAYA

Outside NAYA restaurant, there is a yellow banner reading "Coming soon: NAYA Indian Cuisine & Bar." Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

NAYA, the restaurant at the corner of Third and Green, has been closed since July of 2022, but there’s a new banner out front announcing a rebrand coming soon: NAYA Indian Cuisine and Bar. No opening date has been announced yet.

Opened in 2019 with a delicious Asian Italian-inspired menu, NAYA was named one of the BEST new C-U restaurants of the decade. Later, the Campustown restaurant renamed to NAYA Bar & Eatery and shifted to a new menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and weekend brunch.

As we await the menu of NAYA’s Indian Cuisine and Bar, check out some bites from NAYA menus past.

NAYA's Korean fried chicken sandwich with fries. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley
Three pizzas at NAYA from above. Photo by Anna Longworth-Singer.
Anna Longworth-Singer
A bowl of pasta at NAYA. Photo by Jessica Hammie.
Jessica Hammie

NAYA was the third restaurant in Champaign-Urbana opened by restaurateur Jin Park who also owns Sakanaya (which is open) and Sakanaya Downtown (which is not open) in Miga’s old space.

What do you think about the rebrand? What do you hope is on the menu at NAYA Indian Cuisine and Bar?

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