We are proud to announce to partner with Mid-Summer Lounge and are excited having them join our MHM Gold VIP Program. All of our MHM residents will receive a free soda when you purchase a bowl of noodle. Don’t forget to show your MHM Gold VIP Card!
A new restaurant in Champaign, Mid-Summer Lounge is adding to the selection while providing a new, authentic experience to students and customers that are not typically found at other restaurants on Green Street.
The restaurant was opened in October 2016 by Yongzheng Dai, a UIUC Alum. What inspired him and how did he start his business? In 2015, he realized how much the Asian student population on campus was growing. Dai wanted to bring something new, something that looks different and tastes different and has a strong appeal to Asian customers.
When Mid-Summer Lounge was opened, it brought this unique authenticity factor to Green Street. The restaurant’s name comes from Dai’s personal experience: “Mid-Summer,” which is the hottest time of the year. It reminded him of his childhood when he, his friends and family would gather in the streets and eat dumplings. Dai wanted the restaurant to reflect this same idea of providing a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy quality time together.
The restaurant only serves two types of food: dumplings, which are popular in northern China, and noodles, popular in western China. Many students and customers are constantly looking for new and exciting taste. Having Mid-Summer Lounge has brought students to look forward to dining there because of the level of authenticity.
The simplistic concept is what adds to the restaurant and makes it unique. The interior design of the restaurant is more contemporary and minimalistic. Dai wanted the color itself to reflect old traditional paintings and architecture – white, green, and black.
The restaurant continues to bring the community together and strives to provide a new dining experience for the members of the Champaign-Urbana community.
625 E. Green Street, Champaign
10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily