Restaurant helps cure hangovers

Planet Rated R Restaurant sits on the corner of Callender Avenue and Westren Avenue. Photo by AJ Lamb
Planet Rated R Restaurant sits on the corner of Callender Avenue and Westren Avenue.
Photo by AJ Lamb

Off the corner of Callendar Avenue and Western Avenue sits a brand new restaurant with a menu dedicated solely to creative hangover cures.

Planet Rated R Restaurant opened this past June, but is already standing out from the crowd with its unique menu, which mirrors its sister restaurant, Fat Sandwich, located in Champaign. Both are owned by Yousef Salda, who said the name change is the only difference between the new location and the original.

We bought [Fat Sandwich], and they already had the menu Its just a different name and different logo, Salda said. [Were] in a college area, so its mostly student food, like fast food, and [our menu is] different from everybody else.

Of all the wild creations, the most popular items revolve around cheesesteak, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.

Theres four [fan favorites]: the Milf, Magnum, Philly Cheesesteak and the Rated R, Salda said. [My favorites are] the Mess and Philly Cheesesteak works.

The Mess comes loaded with jalapeo poppers, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, mac and cheese bites, pizza bites, ranch and BBQ sauce. Similar to almost all the sandwiches on the menu, the Mess is a crazy combination of fried foods.

Theres also an opportunity for any brave souls to attempt the Planet Rated R Challenge in which the challenger has to eat a monstrous sandwich made with every single menu item.

Planet Rated R offers a variety of menu items to cure hangovers.
Photo by AJ Lamb

At this location, no [one has beaten the challenge] between 20 and 30 have tried, but they havent done it yet, Salda said. [The time limit is] 15 minutes, but normally I give them a spare five minutes. Last year, we had about seven people finish it down in Champaign.

Labeling itself as the Hangover Helper, Planet Rated R is geared primarily towards aiding Bradley students with their morning after. However, Salda said he wants to start selling during late-night hours too.

Soon, we are going to start opening until 4 a.m. on the weekends, Salda said. Thats one thing that everyone around here needs.

In addition to the extended hours, Salda said Bradley students will also receive 15 percent off purchases at his restaurant by presenting their Bradley ID.

While the menu has plenty to offer, Salda said he is also looking for new ideas to add to the menu and is always open to suggestions.

Theres a few police officers who asked me to add a sandwich called the Po-Po, Salda said. [But its] my pleasure to choose whats going to go on it.

Planet Rated R is currently open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to midnight.