Article by At Home in Central Illinois, January 2017
The much-anticipated Hamilton Walker’s Steaks, Seafood and Spirits is open in the heart of downtown Champaign at 201 N. Neil St. It is named for the Walker Opera House and the Hamilton Hotel, which operated in the very same location. The recent addition to downtown endeavors to be a gathering place for those who want fine dining.
The restaurant atmosphere is a 1940s style decor enhanced by a historically fictional character, Hamilton Walker. “The Legend of Hamilton Walker’s — an alternate history,” is historical fiction. The restaurant is what the fictional Walker would have created if he were indeed real. It’s hard to believe that this man did not exist! The creators of the fiction used period pictures and facts from the Champaign-Urbana area to produce the dapper Walker, who is an amalgam of many who lived in Champaign, circa the 1940s. Click here for more.