When Orange shuttered its Lakeview location, it left a bit of brunch void in that neighborhood, but thankfully that hole will get filled up with Kanela.
Kanela, meaning cinnamon in Greek and which also is dubbed "Kanela breakfast club," planned to initially open its doors in early February for breakfast and lunch, but now it looks like it may be more like the middle of the month. Owners Chris Lardakis and Chris Cowan, are passionate about bringing a local, organic, and flavorful approach to dining.
Heading the kitchen is chef George F. Bumbaris (Macy’s Culinary Studio; not to be confused with the Prairie Fire owner with the same name), who has created a small, contemporary menu with delicacies such as a bacon waffle with bourbon caramel and bacon dust, and a portobello benedict with a red wine poached egg, grilled asparagus and hollandaise. Julius Meinel coffee and tea, fresh in-house baked pastries and homemade soups will also be featured, and of course, a dash of kanela will be added to some of their signature brunch dishes.
Deep browns and light green décor, vintage chandeliers and works by local artists adorning the walls will give the place a relaxed feel. Kanela will seat about 50-60 people and will open a back patio this summer.
Kanela will begin with breakfast and lunch hours (basically 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily), but look for a full bar, a Thursday to Saturday small plates dinner menu and private party rental down the road. You can track Kanela's progress through its Facebook page.
Intrepid Eater Chicago reporter Samantha Lande contributed this article.