After fighting a battle with breast cancer, Pauline Messier, the owner and namesake of Pauline's Restaurant in Andersonville, passed away last week. She was 73.
The casual restaurant with a great sidewalk cafe is well-known on the North Side for having some of the fluffiest, largest omelets (with five eggs in each!), great griddled burgers on buttered buns, heart-warming soups and a massive, always-filled candy bowl at the checkout. Their slogan, "Where Quality and Quantity Meet," was no joke. If you leave Pauline's hungry, that's your own fault.
Pauline and her husband, Ron, opened the restaurant 14 years ago across the street from the home where Pauline was born after she left her career in banking. They originally called the spot Monty's after one of their dogs, but Ron surprised his wife after unveiling the sign that still bares her name.
· Pauline Messier: 1936-2010 [Tribune]