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The Art of Dancing Dog Eatery

August 19, 2015

Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery is the newest and one of only two entirely vegan restaurants in the C-U area. Whether you’re vegan or not, their menu is so creative and delicious you’ll probably forget it’s vegan. Only a food-artist can pull that off, and their chefs do a splendid job (head chef is Karen Sherwood).

In addition to the delicious food, fresh smoothies and juices, and delectable vegan pastries, the atmosphere of the cafe is exquisitely highlighted by the touch of artists. From their beautiful logo, displayed prominently in their front window on Main Street in Urbana, to the chalk lettering on their specials board, to the inspiring and whimsical hot air balloon paintings dotting the walls, the Dancing Dog Eatery showcases their artistic style well.

THE LOGODancing Dog logo

The name Dancing Dog Eatery comes from owners Linda Lehovec  and Brian Behrns love of dogs (they have 4!) plus Linda teaching dance at U of I. A local artist, Sarah Genis, designed their logo.

HOT AIR BLOOM ARTWORKPaula Chmiel Air Balloon

Another artist at Dancing Dog Eatery is Paula Chmiel. Her delightful oil paintings of beautiful hot air ‘balloons’ with nature surprises line the brick walls of the dining area. Paula describes her paintings, “My ‘balloons’ signify floating beyond our usual surroundings – to reflect upon the greater world, often overlooked.  Too much of modern society is tech-driven, time-urgent abandon- we neglect the natural splendor and impending destruction of our planet and relationships within. But there is hope. Balloons can float up or down. I want viewers to question their destinations, and be inspired to choose a path of positive change.”   Her dreamscape paintings and message are inspiring! You can purchase paintings and prints of these awesome images in her Etsy store.  Dancing Dog is also hosting an art show on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 from 3-5PM showcasing more of Paula’s art, as well as art by Sergio Juan.


Dancing Dog printingDancing Dog Eatery orders custom t-shirts with their beautiful logo in white ink with a variety of t-shirt colors to choose from. Not only do their staff wear these shirts, but they also have them available for sale in their cafe. With such an artsy logo, their t-shirts subtly promote their business while having genuine appeal to their customers.

We love their focus on art, and if you do too stop on by and give them a like on their Facebook!