New restaurants and shops are moving into the neighborhood this month. Everything from vintage furniture to açaí bowl hot spots are popping up. But, all good things must come to an end. A few old neighborhood stand-by’s have officially shuttered their doors.
Dial M For Modern (2773 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
This mid-century modern vintage shop is moving from its location in Noble Square to a larger space on the Milwaukee Avenue strip, giving the corridor more life next to Logan Square Core + Pilates and All-Star Press. Dial M features a wide array of vintage, mid-century and 70’s decor items. according to the shop’s Instagram. The new location has begun moving in and will be open starting this week.
Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen (2715 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Another business is opening on the same strip in the former Mr. G’s Beef spot. The Beef Pizza sign has officially been replaced to welcome Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen. The new Italian restaurant officially opened on April 15 and is now taking reservations. With the loss of Ugo’s Italian Bar + Kitchen last month, having a new Italian place in the neighborhood could be exciting and replace that cuisine and style. See our review of the restaurant here.
Fruit Paradise (2355 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
One more Milwaukee Avenue business for the win. This smoothie and açaí bowl shop just took residence in the former home of Kombucha Room. The menu features dessert options like milkshakes, crepes, ice cream sundaes and, of course, a wide selection of açaí bowls. Bonus: it is open late. Check out the menu here.
Rosie’s Sidekick (2610 N. California Ave.)
With the recent loss of Half Italian, a newcomer is here to fill the sandwich void in your life. Rosie’s Sidekick is serving up homemade soups and sandwiches made with fresh bread delivered straight from Sicilia Bakery in Jefferson Park. Bonus: they also offer Italian ice just in time for warmer weather (hopefully).
Dunlay’s on the Square (3137 W. Logan Blvd.)
At the end of March, this long-time Logan staple announced its closure in a Facebook post. It was quite abrupt and didn’t offer much of an explanation. It was a neighborhood standby for 13 years. The company notes that all of the restaurant’s sister locations, including Dunlay’s on Clark in Lincoln Park, will remain open and that they wanted to focus on those other restaurants.
With no more Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores at the square corner, it feels like there’s a vacant brunch energy there. However, apart from the famous Lula Cafe, La Boulangerie (3129 W. Logan Blvd.) quietly opened its doors in December 2017 next to the former Dunlay’s spot, giving a French alternative with sandwiches, crepes and fresh pastries for your morning or lunch dine-out. You might remember them from when they were located pretty much in the same place; now they are back home in Logan Square and give a quieter coffee-shop-good-food vibe without all the chatter from larger hangout places.
La Farine Bakery (2909 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
The Avondale Neighborhood Association shared a Facebook post announcing that La Farine Bakery & Cafe closed this month due to issues with increased rent and the landlord not wanting to negotiate to keep the business there. It was a five-year staple that offered delicious fresh pastries. Signs currently adorn the former location’s storefront wishing a farewell to the neighborhood. However, the owners are seeking a new spot to call home in the near future—so, it may not be long before you can get your hands on their homemade macaroons and award-winning fresh bread again.
Congress Pizzeria (2033 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Congress Pizzeria is now closed following years of planning for a new residential building. The spot will be demolished to make way for a new affordable housing development for the LGBTQ community. An article by DNAinfo notes that the new complex will feature 88 residential apartments, 18 parking spaces and room for retail shops.
First Midwest Bank (2525 N. Kedzie Ave.)
The Logan Square location just off the Blue Line now shows a closed sign in the front window. It appears that this location shuttered due to rising rent costs and may seek a new location in the area, according to this Everyblock Chicago post.