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Restaurant Tue May 10 2011

Julius Meinl Moving, Not Closing

meinl.gifEveryblock was aflutter recently with speculation that Viennese cafe and patisserie chain Julius Meinl was closing up shop in the city, and with good reason: its Lincoln Square location is on the real estate rental market. A Meinl representative assured me that they are in the process of finding new locations in the city--possibly the Loop or Hyde Park--and the owners are also considering opening locations in the suburbs (Naperville and Highland Park are on the short list).

The Lincoln Square location stays open for now, despite the Craigslist notice, which is reportedly due to a political brouhaha between the building's landlord--who is also a shareholder in the restaurant--and fellow investors. The other locations (on Irving Park and Addison) will also remain open.

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Ben Meyerson / May 10, 2011 11:18 AM

Hey, the other Julius Meinl location in the city is at Southport and Addison, not Southport and Irving Park.

Erin / May 10, 2011 11:30 AM

There are two other Meinl locations. One is on Irving Park west of Clark, and one is at Southport and Addison.

kyle / May 10, 2011 3:47 PM

The Irving location is also closing as it is owned by the same landlord. Meinl has already vacated their former warehouse space which was also owned by the same person. The location on Addison is rented from someone else and thus not involved in the politics and will therefore remain open.

Natalie / May 10, 2011 5:24 PM

Dear All,
Currently, all the locations will remain open. We are considering a move of the Patisserie into our new warehouse space - it would be so nice and very close to our current location, but the official date is not set yet! We hope to stay in our Lincoln location as we really love our customers and community there. Hopefully the landlord-minority shareholder and other shareholders will work it all out so we don't have to move. Certainly, the political brouhaha will take some time. Kyle, you are correct with saying the Southport and Addison location is rented from someone else and will remain open. We appreciate all of your comments and look forward to letting our customers know more details as we have them!

Maggie / May 10, 2011 6:54 PM

Thanks for the update, Natalie. I really hope you don't leave the Lincoln location, as Julius Meinl is my favorite place in the neighborhood! I hope all parties can work it out.

Lidia / May 10, 2011 11:32 PM

A Julius Meinl in the (West) Loop would be a very welcome addition!

ironyisoverrated / May 11, 2011 10:10 PM

Some cafes sell good coffee. Some cafes are open late. Some cafes have a menu with a decent selection of both sweets and savories. Only one cafe, or chain of cafes, that I can think of offers all three, Meinl. And that's to say nothing of its other virtues. As a Lincoln Square resident, I would definitely feel the loss were Julius Meinl to vacate the neighborhood. As much as I enjoy other area cafes, none of them can get me a flavorful cup of coffee and a light supper at 10pm.

rachel aronson / May 12, 2011 9:55 AM

I do not agree with Ironyisoverrated. I stopped going to Meinl because often their pastries are stale, always overpriced, and their coffee is not the same as it was when th first opened. Somthing just seems to happen when small businesses expand. It is ironic.

rachel aronson / May 12, 2011 10:08 AM

Meinl Ravenswood warehouse. Wow. I would not want to eat anything that was baked in that building.

Ellie_C / May 12, 2011 4:58 PM

Oh this sucks! I love that place. It was one of the reasons why I moved to Lincoln Square. It's such a great escape. Btw Rachel-JM is not a "small business" they are firmly rooted in Austria but only have the 3 locations in the US so far. They've been around since 1862. I'm not sure if they should do the loop, but river north might be a good fit.

rachel / May 12, 2011 10:00 PM


you raise a very good point. They are not small in Europe. They are quite well established in Austria, although they are having big problems at home. They have been around since 1862. I have oftn thoought, while I was standing in line, how they managed to survive without conspiring with the powers of the time, namely the Nazis

say_what / May 14, 2011 11:46 AM

"RACHEL / MAY 12, 2011 10:00 PM - I have oftn thoought, while I was standing in line, how they managed to survive without conspiring with the powers of the time, namely the Nazis"

It's impossible for me to succinctly express how ridiculous this comment is. Wow.

Adam / May 18, 2011 1:22 PM

It's sad to watch someone devote tirelessly 11 years of their life at the helm Mienl and be treated with such disregard. Steve Farley was the man behind scene that held it altogether and desrves a drop of gratitude from anyone who's ever enjoyed a cup, he certainly hasn't from the Mienls'. Shame.

EJ / July 13, 2011 3:28 PM

Adam, I full heartedly agree!

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