Today's Special | Stango Cuisine helping African hospital with a lion of a challenge


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URBANA — Competitive eating has come to Urbana's Lincoln's Square in a big way.

Stango Cuisine, which opened April 17 at the Urbana mall, has launched a 75-ounce steak challenge. Here's how it works, according to co-owner Betty Phiri:

— You order the African-themed restaurant's 75-ounce steak, paying the $75 in advance.

— Armed with a stopwatch, the staff delivers a 4.68-pound steak, cooked to your satisfaction, along with the fixings: Nshima (a corn-based African dish), stewed sweet potatoes, rice, beans and greens.

— The clock starts at the first bite, with the deadline to consume the steak and sides in 60 minutes. If successful, Stango Cuisine will refund your $75. If you don't make it, the restaurant will contribute your payment to the construction of a new hospital in Kabwe, Zambia.

"We want to introduce the people of Champaign-Urbana to our restaurant, but we also wanted to do a fundraiser for a hospital in Africa, where we are from, that will specialize in curable diseases," said co-owner Mubanga Chanda. "If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you."

Phiri said no one has successfully completed the challenge so far.

Those who successfully complete the steak challenge will have their names immortalized on a Wall of Fame the owners plan to put up at the restaurant.

"If you don't succeed the first time, you can come back and try again," Phiri said.

Those interested in the challenge need to sign up at least a day in advance by going to and clicking on "Contact Us."


Tim Mitchell is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@mitchell6).